An AMBER Alert issued Wednesday lit up cell phones across Spokane with a screeching noise, and it won't be the last time.
This year the Federal Emergency Management Agency started allowing local law enforcement agencies to activate the wireless emergency alert program. But you don't have to worry that FEMA has your cell phone on a list, instead the signal is sent to specific cell towers which pass it on to any phone in range.
Wednesday's alert was issued to warn everyone to be on the lookout for Jim DiMaggio, accused of abducting 16-year-old Hannah Anderson from a home in California.
Law enforcement officers believe they may be headed to Canada, and once people heard that they were much more understanding about the unexpected alarm.
"I have a daughter myself," said Spokane resident Jim Gofoth. "I think if there's something in the area I can help with, I'm happy to."
Cassie Stegner agreed. "It doesn't bother me because I want the kids to come home safely."