OBJECT COMPLEMENT, PREP PHRASE, OR INDIRECT OBJECT?

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Here is my example: I alert the people to the problem.   Is "alert" a ditransitive verb?  Indirect objects are supposed to RECEIVE direct objects.  Like: I give the gift to her.  She RECEIVES the gift.  But in my example the people don't RECEIVE the problem.  They are only alerted to it.  And how can it be an indirect object if you can't invert "to the problem" and "people"?  Like, you can't say: I alert the problem the people (you can say I give her the gift).  Or is "to the problem" a prepositional phrase, and if so, what does it modify? Or is "to the people" an object complement? Thank you in advance.

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