By May 6, 2010

How to Set Up Free Amber Alert Text Messages on Your Verizon Wireless Phone

THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NO LONGER VALID — SEE THIS PAGE FOR CURRENT INSTRUCTIONS, THANK YOU

If you want to see me fly way off the handle, harm a child. The AMBER Alert is a system used to notify the citizenry in the case of a child abduction. Typical information includes the child’s name, physical description, and supporting information (if available) such as a description of the abductor(s), any vehicle used in the abduction, etc.

In the United States, AMBER Alerts can be sent to your mobile phone in the form of a text message free of charge. I am a Verizon Wireless customer, and I stumbled upon this functionality due to curiosity. It’s free and easy to do. Here’s how.

Note: your mobile carrier will have a different way to sign up, but it’s still FREE. Please sign up for AMBER Alert text messages on your mobile phone!

These instructions are current as of May 06, 2010. They may change without notice.

  1. Sign into your account at www.verizonwireless.com.
  2. Look for this icon bar about halfway down your “My Verizon Wireless” page:
    http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/8929-2/01+wireless+messaging+bar.png
  3. Click on the “New Alert” icon. Please note that I drew the red box just to show you what it looked like. The red box won’t actually be on the Web site.
  4. You will be taken to the Alerts Home Page. As of this writing, a shortcut to the AMBER Alert is on the right-hand side of the page under “Top 5 Alerts,” but this may change:
    http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/8932-2/02+-+Alerts+Home+Page.png

    If you clicked this link, skip to step 8.

  5. You may also browse for the alert by clicking Browse Alerts and then News. You may also click on the “News” link halfway down the Alerts Home Page.
  6. Click the blue, underlined words that say “Wireless Amber Alerts.”

    http://gallery.drfaulken.com/d/8934-2/03+-+browse+news+alerts.png

  7. Click on the blue, underlined words that say “Free AMBER Alerts.”
  8. Put in your zip code. Click the “Continue” button.
  9. Set times that you do not want to receive AMBER Alerts. I set mine from 10PM – 9AM, since I am normally home at these times. If you want to receive AMBER Alerts 24/7, leave both sections blank.
  10. Click “Set Alert.”

You’re done!

Thank you for taking the time to set up text messaging notification for AMBER Alerts. It’s free and you may help save someone’s life.

Stay safe out there, everyone.

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