Homeland Security Advisory

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The Current National Threat Level is:

National Homeland Security Knowledgebase

 

Homeland Security Advisory System

There are five Threat Conditions, each identified by a description and corresponding color. From lowest to highest, the levels and colors are:

Low = Green;
Guarded = Blue;
Elevated = Yellow;
High = Orange;
Severe = Red.

 

What does this mean to you? 

Low Condition (Green). This condition is declared when there is a low risk of
terrorist attacks.

Members of the public can:

  • Develop a household disaster plan and assemble a disaster supply kit.

Guarded Condition (Blue).This condition is declared when there is a general risk of terrorist attacks.

Members of the public, in addition to the actions taken for the previous threat condition, can:

  • Update their disaster supply kit;
  • Hold a household meeting to discuss incident;
  • Develop a more detailed household communication plan;
  • Apartment residents should discuss with building managers steps to be taken during an emergency; and
  • People with special needs should discuss their emergency plans with friends, family or employers

Elevated Condition (Yellow). An Elevated significant risk of terrorist attacks.

Members of the public, in addition to the actions taken for the previous threat conditions, can:

  • Be observant of any suspicious activity and report it to authorities;
  • Contact neighbors to discuss their plans and needs;
  • Check with school officials to determine their plans for an emergency and
    procedures to reunite children with parents and caregivers; and
  • Update the household communication plan.

High Condition (Orange). A High Condition is declared when there is a high risk
of terrorist attacks.

Members of the public, in addition to the actions taken for the previous threat conditions, can:

  • Review preparedness measures (including evacuation and sheltering) for potential terrorist actions including chemical, biological, and radiological
    attacks;
  • Avoid high profile or symbolic locations; and
  • Exercise caution when traveling.

Severe Condition (Red). A Severe Condition reflects a severe risk of terrorist
attacks.Under most circumstances, the protective measures for a Severe Condi-
tion are not intended to be sustained for substantial periods of time.

Members of the public, in addition to the actions taken for the previous threat conditions, can:

  • Avoid public gathering places such as sports arenas, holiday gatherings, or
    other high risk locations;
  • Follow official instructions about restrictions to normal activities;
  • Contact employer to determine status of work;
  • Listen to the radio and TV for possible advisories or warnings; and
  • Prepare to take protective actions such as sheltering-in-place or evacuation if
    instructed to do so by public officials.

This information was taken from the Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness which can be found here on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.