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Bullock's Buzz: Peace of Mind With Family Search Alert

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Peace of Mind With Family Search Alert

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  Nobody likes to think the worst could happen, but what happens if it does and you are not prepared?  As a wife, step-mom and until a few months ago, a caregiver to an elderly father, I could not imagine how it would feel if someone I loved were to go missing.  That is why when I was offered a subscription to Family Search Alert for review, I jumped on the chance.   Family Search Alert is a service that uses Facebook, Twitter, text messages, land lines, cell phones and faxes to immediately notify family members and friends through out your social network of your lost family member whether it be your spouse, elderly parent, child or pet.  The police are also notified, and they can print out a missing persons flyer.
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   There are two types of alerts in the Family Search Alert system.  A Yellow Alert allows you to compose the message that is sent to your contacts via sent e-mails, texts, Facebook messages and Twitter tweets.   You choose who to contact, and which methods to use to get the message out.   This is used in a situation where you do not feel the need to alert the police, but are still quite concerned.  For instance, the family pet is missing, or your son is late coming home from football practice.  With the Yellow Alert, everyone you and your son knows will be aware that you are looking for him.  In the case of a missing pet, you can print flyers for distribution (premium subscription plan only), as well as have your pet’s vet and local animal hospital and shelter as contacts to be notified.
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   The Red Alert is for emergency situations only where the local or state police need to be notified.  In this alert, every form of communication is utilized.  In addition to e-mails, texts and Facebook and Twitter posts, automated phone and cell phone calls and faxes will be used.   The automated message will read, “A RED ALERT HAS BEEN ISSUED for [child’s name]. ONLY if you have information, please call [customer name] ASAP.”   The police are able to access your account using your e-mail address and special 4 digit code in order to utilize information pertinent to your case, and have the information needed to be able quickly print Missing Person flyers. The Red Alert is obviously used for real emergencies and is not available for your pets. 

   The system is easy to use and it takes very little time to set up.  You will fill out information on each individual family member including parents, children and even pets.  For each family member you fill in a complete physical description that includes hair color, eye color, height, weight, any identifying marks and more.  You then have the option to upload a color photograph.  You will also fill in contact information for everyone you want to be notified in case an Alert is issued.   This will include your contact’s home phone, cell phone and e-mail address.  Be sure all your contact’s information is up-to-date.


                                               
   Two types of plans are available through Family Search Alert.  The Basic Plan is free to everyone and includes the Yellow Alerts.  This plan utilizes text messaging, e-mail and social networking to notify your contacts. 
   The premium Family Search Alert plan includes both the Yellow and Red Alerts.   This plan utilizes everything the basic plan does plus automated phone calls, cell phone calls, faxes and the ability to print flyers.   The premium plan costs only $24.99 a year. 
  However, Bullock’s Buzz readers, for the next 30 days only you can get your first year of service for the reduced price of $19.99 by using the special code Bullock99.  Remember, this code is valid for the next 30 days only (until April 18, 2013).
   Why take any chances?  Family Search Alert is something every family needs to consider signing up for because it will not cost you anything, and will provide you with priceless peace of mind! 
  Do keep in mind, in the case of an emergency where your loved one is missing, your first step should always be to contact the police.  Family Search Alert is a time-saving tool which helps you to quickly provide the police with the necessary information so you are not wasting precious minutes searching for current pictures and trying to remember specific details.  It is not meant to replace, nor is it in anyway associated with the Federal Amber Alert.  Only the police can issue an Amber Alert. 
   One lucky Bullock’s Buzz fan will win a one year Premium Plan subscription to Family Search Alert by entering the Giveaway Tools forms below.  This giveaway begins today and will end in two weeks, on Monday, April 3rd at 1pm CST.
GOOD LUCK!

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24 Comments:

At March 20, 2013 at 7:58 AM , Blogger jennielynn said...

Wow! I never knew there was something like this out there. I will be sharing this with friends and family. Thank you.

 
At March 20, 2013 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Thanks for sharing this!

 
At March 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM , Anonymous Elizabeth T said...

Really cool :)

 
At March 20, 2013 at 10:45 AM , Anonymous Jadey Diva Fabulosa said...

This is a cool idea! It's specially useful if you are caring for old people who are forgetful.

 
At March 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Patricia Woolverton said...

Thanks for the information. I have 4 children and hope I will never ever need something like that but I think this is great for the in case scenario.

 
At March 20, 2013 at 10:55 AM , Blogger Kristi C said...

Wow this is really cool! Thank you so much for the info. I love how it works for seniors as well. There are a lot of programs in place for missing children but not missing seniors.

 
At March 20, 2013 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Linda Kinsman said...

This is a great resource to know about, not only for my daughters but for my super senior Mother in law. Thanks for sharing!

 
At March 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Kelly R said...

This is a great idea. First time I ever heard about this.. Thank you for sharing..

 
At March 20, 2013 at 12:32 PM , Anonymous jheylo said...

this is really cool. my first time to hear this. I think this is beneficial for those families who have missing loved ones. social media is indeed a perfect source for social media networking

 
At March 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM , Anonymous Anna at Mama Writes said...

Very good idea! Thanks for sharing this.

 
At March 20, 2013 at 1:37 PM , Blogger amber whitehead said...

This sounds like a great program. I'm sure we could have used this when my friends son went missing.

 
At March 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM , Blogger jjp said...

This is great! I had no idea there was something like this!

 
At March 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM , Blogger Danielle @ We Have It All said...

Wow, I've never heard of this site, what a fantastic idea! I am going to head over now and peek around. Thanks for the info!

 
At March 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM , Anonymous Sofia @ From PDX with Love said...

I once had something similar for our old dog, but I didn't know there was such a program for families. Definitely a program to share with friends and family. Thanks for the heads up.

 
At March 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM , Blogger Simply Sherryl said...

I love that "Family Search Alert is a time-saving tool which helps you to quickly provide the police with the necessary information so you are not wasting precious minutes searching for current pictures and trying to remember specific details."

 
At March 20, 2013 at 4:43 PM , Blogger Christy Maurer said...

That sounds really great! I never heard of that before. Thanks for the great review!

 
At March 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM , Blogger LaVonne Long said...

This sounds like a really great app for parents. Thank you for sharing it and giving us a code to save money!

 
At March 20, 2013 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Trisha said...

What a fantastic idea! From your description the system does seem simple to use! Thanks for sharing.

 
At March 20, 2013 at 10:58 PM , Blogger Melissa Pezza said...

This could come in extremely useful! What a great idea!

 
At March 21, 2013 at 7:06 AM , Blogger Lucero De La Tierra said...

There are four people in my immediate family that I would add and I may even add my parents and brother as well.

 
At March 21, 2013 at 12:22 PM , Blogger Chubskulit Rose said...

his is something that is very useful as we never know what is going to happen to us out there.

 
At March 22, 2013 at 7:19 AM , Anonymous amiableamy said...

You are such a caring person Alaina ... this tool is indeed helpful ... thanks for sharing ...

 
At March 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM , Blogger Angel said...

If I won, I would add 3 to the service!! This sounds cool.

 
At March 31, 2013 at 2:55 AM , Blogger Nori said...

Seven people and three dogs

 

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