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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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* Choose a delivery method for the alerts based on whether it's active or passive.
Alerts are circulated through a range of outlets Known in the UK as Child Rescue Alert, it is a partnership between the police, the media and the public to be used in the most serious cases.
The charity Missing People works in partnership with NCA-Ceop to manage the dissemination of alerts to the public alongside the investigating police force, who inform local media contacts.
From a user perspective, the configuration of common alerts for medications is conceptually simple: The computer should be programmed to present clinicians with relevant alerts at the proper time; irrelevant alerts are unhelpful and should be eliminated.
Furthermore, it added, SMS Alerts are available for all fleet, corporate and commercial cardholders as under, card transaction alert: An instant SMS alert to inform the recipient as soon as the card(s) will transact.
The report said that once users they sign up to receive Twitter alerts from one of these services, they will get a text message notification whenever the group sends a tweet marked as an alert.
A nurse who stays informed of trends, issues, alerts and other information relevant to the nurse's area of practice can bring current, up-to-date knowledge to patient care delivery.
Two important criteria for alerts are how quickly and when they are delivered.
The new text alert categories range from breaking news for selected geographic areas in Central Massachusetts and scores for specific high school sports teamsto severe weather alerts and traffic information for specific highways.
"It would be easy to think that more alerts equals more safety, but alert fatigue--fatigue is probably too generous of a word, I've seen wholesale ignoring in some cases--presents the doctor with trying to weed out the meaningful alerts from the meaningless ones, and I've seen articles quoting 98 percent alerts that weren't acted upon," explains Mark Van Kooy, M.D., director of informatics, Aspen Advisors (Denver, Colo.).
In the first approach the relationship between alerts are hardcoded in the system.
Wells Fargo said it has enhanced its free Rapid Alerts service for Wells Fargo Visa consumer credit cardholders, making it possible now for joint accountholders to customise Rapid Alerts options based on each accountholder's personal preferences.
HALF of NHS Trusts are failing to comply with alerts designed to protect patients from harm, research suggests.
"Our Alyssa's Law In-A-Box offers cascading alerts. With the press of a button or an icon activated soft panic button different alerts can be sent to each recipient group.
There were no flights affected by the two red lightning alerts issued at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said on Friday.