handcuffs.jpgTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Floridians can register telephone and fax numbers to get automatic alerts from the Department of Corrections about prison escapes or other emergencies.

The agency announced the alert notification service Tuesday.

Residents can call a toll-free hotline, 866-358-5977, to register for alerts from a prison, work camp or other facility.

Prison escapes are rare , the last was in 2005. If it happens, though, participants will receive a description of the escapee and other information.

Corrections Secretary Ken Tucker said that will contribute to community safety and help prison officials because citizens can be additional eyes and ears to help catch escapees.

The system also will be used for such emergencies as Amber and Silver alerts for missing children and seniors.


Click Below To Sign Up For Florida Prison Alerts: