Federal AMBER Alert website restored

The federal website AmberAlert.gov was restored Monday after it was taken down due to the government shutdown.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN, "The Amber Alert system was never interrupted, but to eliminate any confusion, the informational site maintained by the Justice Department has been restored."

The website for the Office of Justice Program, which hosts Amber Alert information, was shut down due to funding issues, a senior Justice Department official told CNN. The official said the website is informational only and that the actual alerts were not affected.

Fallon said they had to bring in a furloughed employee to reopen the site. He added that it was unclear if they would have funds to monitor the site.

An official told CNN the decision was made because there was a "public safety worry because of incorrect reporting that the program itself was down."

Read CNN's report here: http://bit.ly/GIpDQL

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