Homeland alert levels defined

Here are the five Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) threat conditions along with the associated minimum suggested protective measures, as announced by the Office of Homeland Security on March 12.

Low Condition — Green

Low risk of terrorist attacks. The following protective measures may be applied:

* Refining and exercising preplanned protective measures.

* Ensuring personnel receive training on HSAS, departmental or agency-specific protective measures.

* Regularly assessing facilities for vulnerabilities and taking measures to reduce them.

Guarded Condition — Blue

General risk of terrorist attack. In addition to the previously outlined protective measures, the following may be applied:

* Checking communications with designated emergency response or command locations.

* Reviewing and updating emergency response procedures.

* Providing the public with necessary information.

Elevated Condition — Yellow

Significant risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined protective measures, the following may be applied:

* Increasing surveillance of critical locations.

* Coordinating emergency plans with nearby jurisdictions.

* Assessing further refinement of protective measures within the context of the current threat information.

* Implementing, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.

High Condition — Orange

High risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined protective measures, the following may be applied:

* Coordinating necessary security efforts with armed forces or law enforcement agencies.

* Taking additional precaution at public events.

* Preparing to work at an alternate site or with a dispersed workforce.

* Restricting access to essential personnel only.

Severe Condition — Red

Severe risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined protective measures, the following may be applied:

* Assigning emergency response personnel and prepositioning specially trained teams.

* Monitoring, redirecting or constraining transportation systems.

* Closing public and government facilities.

* Increasing or redirecting personnel to address critical emergency needs.

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