A new color-coded
U.S. threat advisory system
that creates a national framework
and a common vocabulary
so that government
and the private sector
can deal effectively and efficiently with threats of terrorist attack
Unveiled on March 12th, 2002
, approximate six months from the attacks on September 11th
on the World Trade Center
, this new system adds to the system previously known as FPCON
(unveiled June 2001
, previously THREATCON
). The primary difference and advancement of this new system is to be overlay
ed on a map
, so threat assessment level
s can be localized
by region or state, and can therefore act accordingly. This new system allows certain regions
to be aware of risk
s in their locality, without mobilizing the entire nation
to a certain threat assessment level.
RED - Severe - Severe Risk of terrorist attacks
Assigning emergency response personnel and pre-positioning specially trained teams; Monitoring, redirecting or constraining transportation systems;
Closing public and government facilities; and
Increasing or redirecting personnel to address critical emergency needs.
ORANGE - High - High risk of terrorist attacks
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; and Restricting access to essential personnel only.
YELLOW - Elevated - Significant risk of terrorist attacks
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; and
Implementing, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.
BLUE - Guarded - General risk of terrorist attacks
Checking communications with designated emergency response or command locations;
Reviewing and updating emergency response procedures; and
Providing the public with necessary information.
GREEN - Low - Low risk of terrorist attacks
Refining and exercising preplanned Protective Measures
Ensuring personnel receive training on HSAS, departmental, or agency-specific Protective Measures; and
Regularly assessing facilities for vulnerabilities and taking measures to reduce them.