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Comparison of the old
Homeland Security Advisory System
and
Wood/Wirt LEPC Alert Color Codes

The Wood/Wirt County LEPC Alert System uses color codes based on the now-defunct Homeland Security Advisory System (article below). We believe this color-coded system will allow users of our website to more quickly evaluate current status with a single glance. The new National Terrorism Advisory System Public Guide can be downloaded here.

Click here for a listing of severe-weather terms used by the National Weather Service.

HOMELAND SECURITY
ADVISORY SYSTEM
  WOOD/WIRT COUNTY LEPC
ALERT COLOR CODES
THREAT CONDITION
LOW
LOW RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS
 
Wood/Wirt County Alert Status
NO ALERTS
No Current Alerts at This Time

Recommended Actions for Citizens

  • Develop a family emergency plan. Share it with family and friends, and practice the plan.

  • Visit www.Ready.gov for help creating a plan.

  • Create an "Emergency Supply Kit" for your household.

  • Be informed. Visit www.Ready.gov or obtain a copy of "Preparing Makes Sense, Get Ready Now" by calling 1-800-BE-READY.

  • Know how to shelter-in-place and how to turn off utilities (power, gas, and water) to your home.

  • Examine volunteer opportunities in your community, such as Citizen Corps, Volunteers in Police Service, Neighborhood Watch or others, and donate your time.

  • Consider completing an American Red Cross first aid or CPR course , or Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course.

 

A green status bar indicates that there are no known current alerts for Wood or Wirt County.

THREAT CONDITION
GUARDED
GENERAL RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS
 

Wood/Wirt County Alert Status
ADVISORY
Please Take Note of This Condition

Recommended Actions for Citizens
  • Complete recommended steps at level green.

  • Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated.

  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.

 

An ADVISORY is used when the National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Advisory, or when appropriate to alert the public when flooding or other event is anticipated which is generally considered only an inconvenience and does not pose a threat to life and/or property, such as road closings or disaster exercises; also used when a hazardous condition is possible, but considered unlikely, such as an aftershock following a minor earthquake.
 

THREAT CONDITION
ELEVATED
ELEVATED RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS

 
Wood/Wirt County Alert Status
WATCH
A WATCH has been issued for a severe
weather event or other similar threat.
Recommended Actions for Citizens
  • Complete recommended steps at levels green and blue.

  • Ensure disaster supply kit is stocked and ready.

  • Check telephone numbers in family emergency plan and update as necessary.

  • Develop alternate routes to/from work or school and practice them.

  • Continue to be alert for suspicious activity and report it to authorities.

 

A WATCH is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of a severe weather  event in and/or close to the watch area. Watches are usually in effect for several hours, with 6 hours being the most common.

The term WATCH implies that people should be alert for the possibility of severe weather or flash flooding, and have a plan of action in case a storm threatens.
 

THREAT CONDITION
HIGH
LOW RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS

 
Wood/Wirt County Alert Status
WARNING
A WARNING has been issued for a severe
weather event or other similar threat.
Recommended Actions for Citizens

  • Complete recommended steps at lower levels.

  • Exercise caution when traveling, pay attention to travel advisories.

  • Review your family emergency plan and make sure all family members know what to do.

  • Be Patient. Expect some delays, baggage searches and restrictions at public buildings.

  • Check on neighbors or others that might need assistance in an emergency.

 

A WARNING is issued when a severe weather event (tornado, severe thunder storm, flash flooding, etc.) has actually been detected by radar or observed by trained storm spotters or public officials.

Severe weather events can result in the loss of life and/or property.

These warnings are for short-fuse events that only last an hour or so. People in the path of the storm are expected to take action to protect life and property when the term WARNING is heard.
 

THREAT CONDITION
SEVERE
SEVERE RISK OF TERRORIST ATTACKS
 
Wood/Wirt County Alert Status
IMMEDIATE ACTION
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED
Recommended Actions for Citizens
  • Complete all recommended actions at lower levels.

  • Listen to local emergency management officials.

  • Stay tuned to TV or radio for current information/instructions.

  • Be prepared to shelter-in-place or evacuate, as instructed.

  • Expect traffic delays and restrictions. Provide volunteer services only as requested.

  • Contact your school/business to determine status of work day.

 

An IMMEDIATE ACTION alert will be used only when local government officials have issued instructions which require immediate action on the part of the community, such as a Shelter-in-Place directive or a large-scale (more than a single neighborhood) evacuation. People in the community are expected to follow government instructions and take the prescribed actions.

Homeland Security Advisory System
[Source Wikipedia.org]

In the United States, the Homeland Security Advisory System was a color-coded terrorism threat advisory scale. The different levels trigger specific actions by federal agencies and state and local governments, and they affect the level of security at some airports and other public facilities. It is often called the "terror alert level" by the U.S. media. The system was, as scheduled, phased out April 27, 2011, and replaced with a new system called the National Terrorism Advisory System. The phase-out was announced on January 27, 2011 by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during a speech at George Washington University.

The scale consists of five color-coded threat levels, which are intended to reflect the probability of a terrorist attack and its potential gravity.

  • Severe (red): severe risk
  • High (orange): high risk
  • Elevated (yellow): significant risk
  • Guarded (blue): general risk
  • Low (green): low risk

The specific government actions triggered by different threat levels have not always been revealed to the public, although the government has provided general guidance for civilians and federal agencies. Actions have included increasing police and other security presence at landmarks and other high-profile targets, a closer monitoring of international borders and other points of entry, ensuring that emergency response personnel were ready, and, in some cases, deployment of members of the National Guard and State Guard to assist local law enforcement on security details.

Some of the actions taken as a result of the threat levels have been challenged as being illegal under the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment. No court has yet ruled on these various actions.

The published terror alert notices have urged American citizens, especially those traveling in the transportation systems, to "be vigilant, take notice of their surroundings, and report suspicious items or activities to local authorities immediately." In addition, DHS advises the public to prepare an emergency preparedness kit and a family emergency plan.

This system is no longer in place. It was replaced in January 2011.

The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector.

It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation’s security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do.

The new system includes only two levels:

Imminent Threat Alert: Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the United States.

Elevated Threat Alert: Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the United States.

For more information, download the National Terrorism Advisory System Public Guide or visit the Department of Homeland Security website.

Last updated Wednesday January 11, 2012 03:08 PM

 
 

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