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SACRAMENTO–

She’s home safe after the most harrowing seven days of her young life.

But, the observant horseback riders who helped rescue Hannah Anderson in Idaho might never have known the kidnapped SoCal teen even was in trouble without a massive awareness effort.

In her home state, part of that awareness campaign was a blaring amber alert message delivered to millions via cellphone.

“It’s the first one that went out statewide,” said Officer Adrian Quintero with the California Highway Patrol.

Now some who received that unprecedented message about an unbelievable situation are promising to deactivate those kinds of alerts on their phones.

It’s all because the tones that come along with them are disruptive and annoying.

They’re supposed to be – to wake you up and make you pay attention and law enforcement officers statewide are urging cell users to stay in this potentially life-saving loop.

“That individual who may have deactivated may have provided that info on an individual that we’re looking for. Put yourself in those cases as well and put it into perspective,” Quintero said.

Speaker of the Assembly John Perez is so concerned about possible mass alert deactivations that he’s calling for a legislative hearing on the matter.

He also plans to arrange funding for a campaign of public service announcements emphasizing the importance of the alert system.

In addition to the kind of Amber alert sent in Anderson’s case, the system could also be used for a presidential notification or to warn residents of a fast-moving wild-fire or flash flood.