COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- While the federal government shutdown has taken the national AMBER Alert website down it isn't impacting locally issues alerts in Ohio.
"The Ohio AMBER Alert system is initiated by local and state authorities and has not been impacted by the federal government shutdown," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Staff Lt. Anne Ralston.
She says the system is up and running around the clock and includes secondary alerting systems from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The website, amberalert.gov, is an informational website. While alerts aren't being posted to the site they will continue to go out over the air through radio and television stations, text and e-mail alerts and highway sign boards.
"Nothing has changed regarding those," Ralston said.
She says if they need to issue and AMBER Alert for a missing child who is in danger they can still do that.