A test of the Minnesota Blue Alert System will occur this afternoon at 1:10 PM. But what is a Blue Alert for?

First of all, the Blue Alert System was set up back in 2015 but has not been used since it was created. Bring Me the News says that a Blue Alert is sent when a local, state, or federal officer has been killed or seriously injured by an individual while on duty and the individual cannot be located and poses a serious threat to the public and other officers.

Here's where we will see the Blue Alert System test today:

  • Email and text alerts to media and subscribers of the Minnesota Crime Alert Network
  • A wireless emergency alert on cellphones.
  • A recorded Emergency Alert System message
  • Notices on electronic highway signs, either statewide or regionally

The test will not happen on highway signs.

When you get the alert, this is what it will look like according to Bring Me the News:

************ THIS IS A BLUE ALERT TEST ************

If this had been an actual Blue Alert, details of the incident would be included on this alert along with any photos, suspect information, vehicle information and any information pertinent to public awareness and public safety. This is only a test of the Minnesota Blue Alert Plan.

So don't be alarmed when an alert goes out at 1:10 PM today, it's just a test!


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