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Amber Alert website has been taken offline during the shutdown but Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move site is up and running

By  Meghan Keneally

PUBLISHED: 09:42 EST, 7  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 09:44 EST, 7 October 2013

The website dedicated to helping find  kidnapped children has been turned off during the government shutdown but the  First Lady’s healthy living initiative has not received the same treatment.

Amber Alerts advertise national and local  cases where children have been abducted, and since it is not considered an  essential service like national defense, it has not been funded during the  shutdown.

One website that apparently is too important  to unplug? First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign, as that is one of  the few government websites still operational.

Pulling the plug: The Amber Alert website displays this message now like many government-funded programs 

Pulling the plug: The Amber Alert website displays this  message now like many government-funded programs

 

Up and running: Michelle Obama's healthy living website makes no mention of being hindered by the shutdown 

Up and running: Michelle Obama’s healthy living website  makes no mention of being hindered by the shutdown

 

 

 

Agency websites like the Department of  Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control  and the National Weather Service all have had their websites taken down or  bannered with a warning that the information is not being updated during the  federal shutdown.

Mrs Obama’s Let’s Move website, which is  clearly run by the government since the address ends with ‘.gov’, has no such  notification and is operating as usual.

The Department of Justice, which has had 15  per cent of it’s own workforce furloughed during the shutdown, said that even  though the Amber Alert website is down, they are still working on the abduction  cases.

‘Amber alerts are uninterrupted. They get  issued by states and counties, which do notifications to media, on twitter,  highway signs, etc,’ an unidentified Justice Department official told Buzzfeed.

Local issue: Text alerts will still be sent to smartphones near the suspected abductions during the shutdown 

Local issue: Text alerts will still be sent to  smartphones near the suspected abductions during the shutdown

 

Communication: Amber Alerts will still be sent to freeway signs but that order has to come from a federally funded program  

Communication: Amber Alerts will still be sent to  freeway signs but that order has to come from a federally funded program

‘The .gov site is informational, not the law  enforcement tool.’

In spite of their claims that searches would  continue uninterrupted, NBC Los Angeles said that may not be the case.

The local affiliate reports that messages on  freeway signs that typically flash descriptions of the abductor’s cars would  need to be ordered by the federally-funded program in the state capitol which is  clearly hindered by the shutdown.

State-wide alerts to smartphones and local  media will still be sent out.

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