PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Did you get a Silver Alert message on your phone late Tuesday night? A new law has now empowered government agencies to send Silver Alerts right to your phone using the emergency alert system.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the law was actually added in the last legislative session, but their system was not set up at the time to issue emergency Silver Alerts.
Now that the system is in place, all Silver Alerts will be sent to wireless devices as an emergency alert.
A Silver Alert is sent when a person who is 65 years of age or older or who has a developmental disability, Alzheimer's disease or dementia goes missing.
Law enforcement may issue the emergency alert if one or all of these conditions met:
-After they have used all available resources to find the missing person
-The missing person is 65 years of age or older, has a developmental disability, Alzheimer's disease or dementia
-The person has gone missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances
-The missing person is in danger due to health, mental status or weather conditions
Law enforcement hopes the emergency alert system will help create a quick response to locate the missing person.