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National Homeland Security Advisory System Explained



Individual's, Family's, Neighborhood's, School's and Businesses's response guidelines


Green - Low


Green condition indicates a low risk of terrorist attack. The following preparedness actions and activities are recommended

Individual
- Obtain a copy of Terrorism Preparing for the Unexpected brochure from your county American Red Cross office.
- Develop a personal disaster plan and assemble a disaster supplies kit using Red Cross's Your Family Disaster Plan (A4466/A4466S) and Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit (A4493/A4493S).
- Learn basic first aid and CPR. Have a fully stocked first aid kit.
- Examine volunteer opportunities in your community; choose an agency to volunteer with and receive initial training.
- take disaster preparedness courses by the American Red Cross or your County Civil Defense Agency.

Family
- Obtain a copy of Terrorism Preparing for the Unexpected ( A1366/A1366S) brochure from your county Red Cross office.
- Develop a family disaster plan and assemble a disaster supplies kit using Red Cross brochures Your Family Disaster Plan and Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit.
- Learn basic first aid and CPR. Have a fully stocked first aid kit.

Neighborhood
- Have a neighborhood meeting to discuss emergency plans and establish a "Neighborhood Watch".
- Obtain copies of Terrorism Preparing for the Unexpected brochures from your local Red Cross and distribute at neighborhood meetings.
- Encourage training first aid and CPR; the Community Emergency Response Training. Organize a Disaster Action Team

School
- Use Red Cross Emergency Guide for Business and Industry (A5025) to develop written emergency plans to address all hazards, including plans to maintain the safety of students, staff and faculty. Also have an emergency communication plan to notify parents in times of emergency. Disseminate relevant information to families of children, staff and faculty.
- Offer Red Cross Matters of Disaster curriculum of grades K-8 that teaches emergency preparedness for natural disasters.
- Ensure training in first aid and CPR, have fully stocked first aid kits in strategic locations.
- Develop a student Community Emergency Response Team program.

Business
- Use Red Cross Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry (A5025) to develop written emergency plans to address all hazards. Include emergency communications plan to notify employees of activities. Designate an off-site "report to" location in case of an evacuation.
- Develop a continuity of operations plan that includes designating an alternate work facility/location for business.
- Obtain copies of Terrorism Preparing for the Unexpected (A1366/A1366S) and Preparing Your Business for the Unthinkable (A1235) brochures from your local Red Cross for distribution to all employees/management as appropriate.
- Train your employees in first aid and CPR. Call Hawaii State Chapter at 734-2101 to schedule a class.
- Encourage employees to enroll in Community Emergency Response Team program.



Blue - Guarded


A Blue condition indicates a general risk of terrorist attack. The following preparedness actions and activities are recommended. It is also recommended that actions listed under the Green advisory are completed

Individual
- Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
- Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated.
- Develop an emergency communications plan with family, neighbors and friends.
- Volunteer with a local organization and take advantage of additional volunteer training opportunities.
- Enroll in disaster preparedness courses such as the Community Emergency Response Team.

Family
- Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
- Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated.
- Develop an emergency communication plan that all family members understand.
- Establish an alternate meeting place away from home with family and/or friends.

Neighborhood
- Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
- Ask your local Red Cross office to offer a presentation called "Preparing for the Unexpected" an an upcoming neighborhood meeting.

School
- Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
- Conduct safety training and emergency drills following the school's written emergency plan for all grades.
- Ensure emergency communication plan is updated.
- Continue offering lessons from Masters of Disaster curriculum for grades K-8 that teach emergency preparedness for natural disasters.
- Conduct a tailored Community Emergency Response Team course for students.

Business
- Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
- Dialogue with community leaders, emergency management, government agencies, community organizations and utilities about disaster preparedness.
- Ensure your emergency communication plan is updated.
- Purchase needed disaster supplies and equipment.
- Ask your local Red Cross office to provide a "Preparing for the Unexpected" (A1366/A1366S) presentaiton at your workplace for employees.
- Encourage employees to take disaster awareness courses offered by local Red Cross and County Civil Defense Agency.



Yellow - Elevated


A Yellow condition indicates a significant risk of terrorist attack. The following preparedness actions and activities are recommended. It is also recommended that actions listed under the Green and Blue advisories be completed.

Individual
- Check telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in your personal communication plan and update as necessary.
- Develop alternate routes to/from work/school and practice them.
- Continue volunteering and taking additional training.

Family
- Follow the recommendations for individual (above), plus review disaster plan with family members.
- Ensure communication plan is understood and practiced.
- Discuss children's fears concerning possible terrorist attacks. Helping Your Children Cope With Trauma (ARC1303/A1303S) When Bad Things Happen (ARC1365/A1356S) and Why Do I Feel Like This? (ARC1355/A1355S) brochures are available from your local Red Cross.

Neighborhood
- Check on neighbors who are elderly or have special needs to ensure their well-being. Review their disaster plan with them.
- If a need is announced, contact the Hawaii Blood Bank, 845-9966 and give the "gift of life" and offer to organize a blood drive.

School
- Be sure all emergency supplies are stocked and ready.
- Obtain copies of Terrorism, Preparing for the Unexpected (A1366/A1366A) brochure from your local Red Cross office and send it home with students in grade K-12, staff and faculty.
- Assemble a list of resource materials for teachers/counselors to use following an incident.

Business
- Review emergency plans to include continuity of operations and communicating important information through the media or other systems.
- Determine the need to restrict access to your business or provide private security firm support/reinforcement.
- Contact vendors/suppliers to confirm their emergency response plan procedures.
- If a need is announced, contact the Hawaii Blood Bank, 845-9966, and give the "gift of life" and offer to organize a blood drive.



Orange - High



An Orange condition indicates a high risk of terrorist attack. The following preparedness actions and activities are recommended. It is also recommended. It is also recommended that actions listed under the Green, Blue, and Yellow advisories be completed.

Individual
- Review your personal disaster plan
- Exercise caution when traveling
- Have "shelter in place" materials on hand, and review procedures in Terrorism Preparing for the Unexpected (A1366/A1366S) Brochure.
- If a need is announced, donate blood at a designated blood drive or the Hawaii Blood Bank
- Prior to volunteering, contact the agency to determine its needs.

Family
- Follow the recommendation for Individual (above), plus review disaster plan with all family members.
- Ensure communication plan is understood/practiced by all family members.
- Discuss children's fears concerning possible terrorist attacks. Helping Young Children Cope With Trauma, When Bad Things Happen and Why Do I Feel Like This? Brochures are available from your local Red Cross.

Neighborhood
- Check on neighborhood who are elderly or have special needs to ensure their well-being. Review their disaster plans with them.
- If a need is announced, contact the Hawaii Blood Bank, (808) 845-9966, and offer to organize a neighborhood blood drive.

School
- Review emergency plans.
- Offer Masters of Distaster-Facing Fear Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic Events [Grades K-2(A1360), 3-5(A1361), 6-8(A1362) and 9-12(A163)]
- Prepare to handle inquiries from anxious parents and media.
- Obtain a supply of educational and resource materials for use with students, parents, and staff.

Business
- Review emergency plans to include continuity of operations and communicating important information through the media and other systems.
- Determine the need to restrict access to our business or provide private security firm support/enforcement.
- Contact vendors/suppliers to confirm their emergency response plan procedures.



Red - Severe



A Red condition indicates a severe risk of terrorist attack. The following preparedness actions and activities are recommended. It is also recommended that actions listed under the Green, Blue, Yellow and Orange advisories to completed

Individual
- Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions. Sirens may be sounded.
- Contact your office to determine the status of your work day or site.
- Follow any travel restrictions announced by local government authorities.
- Be prepared to "shelter in place" or evacuate if instructed to do so by local government authorities.
- Provide volunteer services only as requested

Family
- Follow the recommendations for Individual (above) plus
- Contact school and child care provider to determine status

Neighborhood
- Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions.
- Follow any travel restrictions announced by local government authorities.
- Be prepared to "shelter in place"/evacuate and assist neighbors who are elderly or have special needs.

School
- Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions.
- Close school if recommended to do so by appropriate authorities.
- Conduct a 100% identification and provide an escort for entering school other than students, staff and faculty.
- Ensure mental health counselors are available for students, staff, and faculty.

Business
- Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions.
- Work with local community leaders, Civil Defense, community organizations, and utilities to meet immediate needs of the community.
- Determine the need to close your business based on circumstances and in accordance with your written emergency plans.
- Be prepared to work with a dispersed or smaller work force.
- Ensure mental health counselors are available for employees.



Black - Incident Occurred



A Terrorism Incident Has Occurred in the State of Hawaii

Individual
- Stay calm.
- Limit outside activity and travel.
- Ensure that no one is in harms way; "shelter in place" if necessary.
- Report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
- Ensure that essential needs of everyone are met.
- Be prepared to evacuate quickly if ordered to do so by law enforcement.
- Connect with other family members and close friends, know their whereabouts.

Family
- Follow the recommendations for individual (above) plus
- Develop and utilize an out-of-area point of contact to ensure them that you are safe and okay.

Neighborhood
- Follow the recommendations for Individual and Family (above) plus
- Work with local neighborhood community group to ensure immediate needs are being met.

School
- Conduct 100% identification check; lock all entrances to buildings.
- Be prepared to relocate students, staff, and faculty under the direction of law enforcement and appropriate State/County leaders.
- Provide the students, staff, and faculty clear instructions regarding protocols for returning to school.
- Ensure that essential needs of students, staff, and faculty are met.

Business
- Implement 100% identification check; lock all entrances to the buildings.
- Identify persons and operations not required during the emergency period. Notify and shut down those operations.
- Encourage employees contact family members of their status.
- Ensure essential needs of employees are met.

REMINDER Only call 9 1 1 in the case of a life threatening emergency.







Federal Response


Homeland Security Advisory System


Understanding the Homeland Security Advisory System

The world has changed since September 11, 2001. We remain a nation at risk to terrorist attacks and will remain at risk for the foreseeable future. At all Threat Conditions, we must remain vigilant, prepared, and ready to deter terrorist attacks. The following Threat Conditions each represent an increasing risk of terrorist attacks. Beneath each Threat Condition are some suggested Protective Measures, recognizing that the heads of Federal departments and agencies are responsible for developing and implementing appropriate agency-specific Protective Measures

1. Low Condition (Green). This condition is declared when there is a low risk of terrorist attacks. Federal departments and agencies should consider the following general measures in addition to the agency-specific Protective Measures they develop and implement

Refining and exercising as appropriate preplanned Protective Measures;
Ensuring personnel receive proper training on the Homeland Security Advisory System and specific preplanned department or agency Protective Measures;
and Institutionalizing a process to assure that all facilities and regulated sectors are regularly assessed for vulnerabilities to terrorist attacks, and all reasonable measures are taken to mitigate these vulnerabilities.


2. Guarded Condition (Blue). This condition is declared when there is a general risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the Protective Measures taken in the previous Threat Condition, Federal departments and agencies should consider the following general measures in addition to the agency-specific Protective Measures that they will develop and implement

Checking communications with designated emergency response or command locations;
Reviewing and updating emergency response procedures;
and Providing the public with any information that would strengthen its ability to act appropriately.


3. Elevated Condition (Yellow). An Elevated Condition is declared when there is a significant risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the Protective Measures taken in the previous Threat Conditions, Federal departments and agencies should consider the following general measures in addition to the Protective Measures that they will develop and implement

Increasing surveillance of critical locations;
Coordinating emergency plans as appropriate with nearby jurisdictions;
Assessing whether the precise characteristics of the threat require the further refinement of preplanned Protective Measures;
and Implementing, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.


4. High Condition (Orange). A High Condition is declared when there is a high risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the Protective Measures taken in the previous Threat Conditions, Federal departments and agencies should consider the following general measures in addition to the agency-specific Protective Measures that they will develop and implement

Coordinating necessary security efforts with Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies or any National Guard or other appropriate armed forces organizations;
Taking additional precautions at public events and possibly considering alternative venues or even cancellation;
Preparing to execute contingency procedures, such as moving to an alternate site or dispersing their workforce;
and Restricting threatened facility access to essential personnel only.


5. Severe Condition (Red). A Severe Condition reflects a severe risk of terrorist attacks. Under most circumstances, the Protective Measures for a Severe Condition are not intended to be sustained for substantial periods of time. In addition to the Protective Measures in the previous Threat Conditions, Federal departments and agencies also should consider the following general measures in addition to the agency-specific Protective Measures that they will develop and implement

Increasing or redirecting personnel to address critical emergency needs;
Assigning emergency response personnel and pre-positioning and mobilizing specially trained teams or resources;
Monitoring, redirecting, or constraining transportation systems;
and Closing public and government facilities.



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