The state of New Mexico is using an emergency alert system to keep the public informed about the current public health crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first alert was disseminated Wednesday afternoon.
The system is similar to the one used for Amber Alerts, which notify the public about missing children, according to a press release issued by the office of the governor.
Alerts will be sent through text messages, television and radio.
The system is intended to disseminate important information widely and quickly — and is not a cause for alarm, according to the press release.
Messages will include essential information from the Department of Health, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Governor’s Office, offering public health guidance and instruction.
Wednesday afternoon’s alert touched upon the recent instruction to remain at home except for outings essential to health, safety and welfare.
More information about the state of New Mexico’s response to COVID-19 is available at newmexico.gov and cv.nmhealth.org.