- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana is using a new system to send missing persons alerts that should allow alerts to go out more quickly through more formats, target specific areas of the state and notify people when alerts have been cancelled.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday it is now using the CodeRED system to issue its AMBER Alerts for missing children as well as for Missing Endangered Persons Advisories. The Town Pump Foundation has donated $15,000 to pay for the service for three years.

The new system can send alerts via text, email, automated phone calls, RSS feeds and through telecommunication devices used by the deaf. It has a mapping system to target alerts to people in a specific area and can send cancellation notices.

A free CodeRED app is available, allowing users to access more detailed alerts.

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