Navajo Nation To Implement Emergency Alert System

Dec 13, 2017

In this May 4, 2016, file photo, Klandre Willie, left, and her mother, Jaycelyn Blackie, participate in a candlelight vigil for Ashlynne Mike at the San Juan Chapter House in Lower Fruitland, N.M. The FBI said Ashlynne was abducted after school and her body was found the next day. The death of the young Navajo Nation girl is fueling efforts to create an Amber Alert plan on the vast reservation.
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Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says he has signed a contract to purchase software to implement an emergency system for Amber Alerts, wildland fires, hazardous waste spills, weather notification and road closures.

The tribe had previously negotiated the use of New Mexico's, Arizona's and Utah's Amber Alert system.

However, the extra steps to run through all three states reportedly delayed notifications.

Once installed, the emergency alert system will officially be under the Navajo Division of Public Safety and managed by the Navajo Department of Emergency Management.

The software is expected to be deployed for use by the end of this month.

The tribe will have the capability to push alerts over radio, television and text messaging to all 11 counties that fall within the Navajo Nation's vast reservation borders.