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alert the public

To bring something to the attention of the public at large, especially as a warning of some kind. The purpose of her video was to alert the public to the risks of eating too much sugar. We want to alert the public that the business will be moving to a new location at the end of the month.
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alert someone

to something to make someone aware of trouble or potential trouble. The auditors alerted us to some problems with the accounts.

on the alert (for someone or something)

watchful and attentive for someone or something. Be on the alert for pickpockets. You should be on the alert when you cross the street in heavy traffic.
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be on full/red alert

if soldiers are on full alert, they know that a situation is dangerous and are prepared to act immediately if necessary The British flagship in the area went to battle stations and remained on full alert for twenty minutes.
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on the alert

Watchful, fully prepared, as in The inspectors are always on the alert for a manufacturing error. [Late 1700s]
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on the alert

Watchful and prepared for danger, emergency, or opportunity: bird watchers on the alert for a rare species.
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The future will move toward networked action alerts, where friends and allies you never knew existed can step forward to help--instead of alerts sent mainly to fixed lists you possess, as in pre-Internet days when the mailing list largely defined an organization.
AMBER Alerts on MySpace give users nationwide the opportunity to help in the recovery of an abducted child in their area--just by logging on," said Hemanshu Nigam, Chief Security Officer, MySpace.
Any wireless subscriber capable of receiving text messages, and whose wireless carrier participates in the Wireless AMBER Alerts[TM] initiative, may opt in to receive Alerts by completing a simple registration process at www.
Any wireless subscriber capable of receiving text messages, and whose wireless carrier participates in the Wireless AMBER Alerts Initiative, may opt in to receive Alerts by completing a simple registration process at www.
Wireless AMBER Alerts is a service that notifies mobile phone users via free text alerts when an AMBER Alert has been issued for an abducted child in their area.
Credit Retention Alerts - the bank has a credit/loan relationship with a customer and that customer has indicated an interest in obtaining additional or replacement credit elsewhere
The Wireless AMBER Alerts initiative was launched in May 2005 as a way to complement AMBER Alert programs by reaching out to the nearly 70% of the American population that uses wireless devices.
LUBBOCK, Texas -- An AMBER Alert was recently issued in Texas, urging citizens to be on the lookout for an abducted child and his or her abductor.
All wireless subscribers who are capable of receiving text messages, and whose wireless carrier participates in the Wireless AMBER Alerts Initiative, may opt in to receive free alerts by registering at www.
AtHoc's network-centric emergency notification systems, available through Multimax, will help DoD identify and alert personnel quickly in the event of a serious threat.
Wells Fargo email alerts are the most comprehensive in the marketplace today in terms of allowing customers and businesses to customize which alerts they receive and in what format," said Jim Smith, executive vice president of Wells Fargo's Consumer Internet Channel.
The Kentucky Speedway will play a major role by hosting "The AMBER Alert Indy 300" Indy Racing League IndyCar Series event on August 14.
Citizens have not only embraced the opportunity to receive alerts any time and, any where, but endorsed the public/private partnership model which brings the best technology to bear without asking for tax dollars in return.
T-Mobile is proud to be a part of this important industry-wide initiative that will expand the speed and reach of AMBER Alerts to help law enforcement find abducted children.