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AMBER Alert notification for toddler never sent due to outage

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the AMBER alert system is being used in all 50 states, as well as 22 other countries.

On Sunday, some people in El Paso received an AMBER alert for Adan Maese, but some parts of the city never received the notification.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the AMBER alert system is being used in all 50 states, as well as 22 other countries.

Text alerts are automatically sent through the wireless emergency alerts (WEA) program to millions of cellphone users.

If you have those notifications enabled on your phone, you're automatically enrolled for the AMBER Alerts.

But over the weekend, there seems to have been a system failure at the same time an AMBER Alert was executed.

An email from Lt. Elizabeth Barney Carter, with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says, "... NCMEC Experienced an outage of the application used for wireless emergency alerts."

NCMEC immediately notified their technical partners, who quickly resolved the issue in a matter of hours.

The problem has since been resolved.

If an AMBER alert were to be issued right now, the public would be getting those notifications.

We reached out to NCMEC to ask how often outages like this occur, but we have not heard back yet.

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