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.
The color coded system was retired in 2011. There are now only two stages that we have to worry about and are defined as:
Elevated: Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States.
Imminent: Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States.
Don't you feel safer now?