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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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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

At the ready to deal with or prepare for some imminent danger, threat, trouble, or difficulty. 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

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.
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Organizations usually fail to put alerts on the Web, because in the past that meant coordinating with their technical staff to get the text online, and to make any changes needed later.
The law formally established the federal government's role in the AMBER Alert program, appointing the Department of Justice (DOJ) as the agency responsible for coordinating AMBER Alerts on the national level.
IBD Alerts Plus gives people what they need when they need it without having to wade through all the noise.
The law formally established the federal government's role in the AMBER Alert program, appointing DOJ as the agency responsible for coordinating AMBER Alerts on the national level.
When people receive Wireless AMBER Alerts on their cell phones, there will be an entire community bent on bringing a child home safely.
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.
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.
We're calling on the public to sign up to receive AMBER Alerts and send the message to kidnappers that if you take a child, we will all be looking for you.
This Web-based communications portal will allow the media and public to readily access real-time information about these alerts via their personal communication devices at no cost.
PHOENIX -- The AMBER Alert Web Portal Consortium, a public/private partnership deploying a state-by-state alert system/web portal linking law enforcement, broadcasters and citizens in the common goal to rescue kidnapped children, today announced that more than 40,000 citizens have signed up nationwide to receive AMBER Alerts via the AMBER Alert Portal (www.