HSU Advisories



Homeland Security Advisory System
Red: Severe Risk of Terrorist AttacksRED: Severe Risk of Terrorist Attacks.
Assign emergency response personnel and preposition specially trained teams. Monitor, redirect or constrain transportation systems. Close public and government facilities. Increase or redirect personnel to address critical emergency needs.
Orange: High Risk of Terrorist AttacksORANGE: High Risk of Terrorist Attacks.
Coordinate necessary security efforts with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies or any National Guard or other appropriate armed forces. Take additional precaution at public events and possibly consider alternative venues or cancellations. Prepare to work at an alternate site or with a dispersed work force. Restrict access to threatened facilities to essential personnel only.
Yellow: Elevated (Significant Risk of Terrorist Attacks)

YELLOW: Elevated Condition.
Significant Risk of Terrorist Attacks. Increase surveillance of critical locations. Coordinate emergency plans with nearby jurisdictions. Assess further refinement of protective measures within the context of the current threat information. Implement, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.

Blue: Guarded (General Risk of Terrorist Attacks)

BLUE: Guarded Condition.
General Risk of Terrorist Attacks.
Check communications with designated emergency response or command locations. Review and update emergency response procedures. Provide the public with necessary information.

Green: Low Risk of Terrorist Attacks

GREEN: Low Risk of Terrorist Attacks.
Refine and exercise planned protective measures. Ensure emergency personnel receive training. Assess facilities for vulnerabilities and take measures to reduce them.

If you are interested in learning more about what actions may be taken in response to the increased level of threat of terrorist attack, visit the American Red Cross as recommended by the Homeland Security Advisory System. For your convenience, that information is also available in pdf format below. (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required.)


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