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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.
See also: alert, public

be on full alert

To be very attentive and ready to take action. This term is often applied to soldiers. We're safe here—the soldiers patrolling the border are on full alert. As soon as I heard my window break in the middle of the night, I was on full alert to fight off an intruder.
See also: alert, full, on

be on red alert

To be very attentive and ready to take action. This term is often applied to soldiers. We're safe here—the soldiers patrolling the border are on red alert. As soon as I heard my window break in the middle of the night, I was on red alert to fight off an intruder.
See also: alert, on, red

on red alert

In the highest possible state of readiness to address or prepare for some imminent danger, threat, trouble, or difficulty. The soldiers patrolling the border are on red alert. As soon as I heard my window break in the middle of the night, I was on red alert to fight off an intruder.
See also: alert, on, red

on the alert

Particularly watchful, attentive, or prepared (for something). Security personnel are on the alert for anyone carrying suspicious-looking packages or behaving strangely. We've been on the alert ever since we heard there had been a string of burglaries in our part of town.
See also: alert, on

Silver Alert

A public alert issued in the United States to help locate a missing senior citizen, especially one who has dementia. It is similar to the Amber Alert system that exists to help locate missing children. "Silver" is a term often associated with senior citizens, referring to the gray or white hair that often have. Primarily heard in US. Does anyone know if they found the man from this morning's Silver Alert?
See also: alert, silver

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.
See also: alert, on

on the alert

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

on ˌred aˈlert

prepared for an emergency or for something dangerous to happen: Following the bomb blast, local hospitals have been put on red alert.
See also: alert, on, red

on the alert

Watchful and prepared for danger, emergency, or opportunity: bird watchers on the alert for a rare species.
See also: alert, on
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Social Mention and Talkwalker are not the only free alerting services on the web.
In the first quarter of 1998, ISI plans to release Discovery Agent, a new profile-based alerting service that will enable users to create, manage, and edit their own personal profiles directly on the Web.
Once the alert order has been lifted and the shipment has been tagged in the On-Line Release System (OLRS), no alerting office can hold it any further for whatever reason, unless a recommendation is submitted to the commissioner for an issuance of a "Special Stop" order.
Also available are Journal Tracker, table-of-contents alerting for individuals; Personal Alert, customized, profile-based alerting for individuals; Professional Alert, customized, profile-based alerting for small groups or departments; Topics Select, focused alerting on predefined search topics; and Focus On, broad-coverage alerting with search and retrieval capabilities.
The key to emergency alerting is to reach as many people on as many communication platforms as possible, said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Senator Hirono is an original cosponsor of Senator Brian Schatzs (D-Hawaii) Authenticating Local Emergencies and Real Threats (ALERT) Act which would give the federal government the primary responsibility of alerting the public of a missile threat and require FEMA to recommend best practices to local officials on initiating, modifying, and canceling alerts.
These tests, the Commission says, can increase the proficiency of local alerting officials while educating the public about how to respond to actual alerts.
has released a new White Paper titled “Emergency Alerting Consultants: Hidden Risks, Costs, and 7 Essential Consultant Qualities.”
The ALERT Act, which was introduced following the false emergency alert that went out across Hawaii on January 13, will improve the emergency alert system and give the federal government the primary responsibility of alerting the public of a missile threat.
In light of the additional capabilities offered by IP-based alerts, the Commission should facilitate and encourage the use of IPAWS as the primary source of alerts nationwide, while preserving over-the-air alerting as a redundant, resilient, and necessary alternate alerting pathway.
has published a webcast on the pros and cons of various alerting channels for colleges and universities.
The nationwide test was designed to assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS, with a particular emphasis on testing FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), the integrated gateway through which common alerting protocol-based (CAP-based) EAS alerts are disseminated to EAS Participants.
Franklin, TN, January 15, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Galain Solutions, Inc., a consultancy devoted to stronger emergency alerts, is offering to help local public safety agencies become part of new federal alerting initiatives at no charge.
The intent of this test was to ensure that the expanded public alerting system works as intended.
It is our hope that all of our customers who are authorized to do so will use this valuable tool in our alerting suite," said Robert Adams, GSS CEO.