Red ALert!!!


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Color Coded Threat Levels

White House Unveils Color-Coded Terror Alert System
Mar 12 2002 2:51PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Tuesday unveiled a color-coded ranking for the severity of terrorist threats after critics said federal alerts since Sept. 11 were too vague to prepare local police and the public for attacks.
The United States was now on yellow alert, facing "significant"-- but not the greatest -- risk of danger, Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge said. The highest alert would be red, followed by orange, yellow, blue and green.

Ridge said these "easy to understand" rankings would be based on the type of attack planned, the reliability of information about terrorist activities, and whether a strike was imminent.

Each level of alert would trigger specific "protective measures" such as deployment of armed forces and the grounding of air travel.

Officials said it could be several years before the nation's alert-status is downgraded to green, amid warnings that members of Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network, accused of masterminding the September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, were trying to regroup.

"Chances are we will not be able to lower the condition to green until, as the president said yesterday, the terror networks of global reach have been defeated and dismantled. We are far from being able to predict that day," Ridge said.

Federal departments and agencies will immediately implement the new system. The White House hopes state and local agencies will sign on, but said their participation would be voluntary.

"The American people want to know what is behind these alerts, and ... perhaps even more importantly, what shall we do in response to them," Ridge said. "I believe this system, when in full force and effect, will provide those answers."

Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the FBI has issued four terrorist warnings, urging local law enforcement agencies to be on high alert for possible strikes.

But some state and local officials complained the warnings raised alarms without being specific enough for Americans or law enforcement officers to know how to respond.

Ridge said the newly created "Homeland Security Advisory System" would give the attorney general the flexibility to issue alerts for the entire nation, or for individual states and localities. Alerts could also cover specific industrial sectors, such as nuclear power plants, and individual businesses that may be targeted.


Under Ridge's system, a green ranking would tell law enforcement agencies and the public there is a "low risk of terrorist attacks."

A blue alert would signal a "general risk" of attacks and put authorities on guard. At this stage, Ridge said federal agencies would test their emergency communication systems.

Yellow, indicating "significant risk" of attacks, would prompt U.S. law enforcement agencies to increase surveillance at key sites and implement contingency plans.

Orange would indicate a "high risk." Ridge said that level could prompt the federal government to call in the National Guard and other armed forces to back up law enforcement agencies. Some federal workers could be ordered home as a precaution.

A red alert -- warning that there is a "severe risk" of terrorist attacks -- could prompt the administration to close public buildings and government offices. It could also prompt the government to ground air travel and close other transportation systems.
You know what I was thinking?

Ever see "Wargames" with Matthew Broderick? Anyways, that's when I first learnt about the DEFCONS.
Isn't this color coded system very similar to DEFCON 1-5. Both have 5 levels, both are security alert systems, and DEFCON is missile alert I believe.


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Yeah, it is like that.

This is scary

DEFCON stands for Defense Condition.

DEFCON 5 Normal peacetime readiness
DEFCON 4 Normal, increased intelligence and strengthened security measures
DEFCON 3 Increase in force readiness above normal readiness
DEFCON 2 Further Increase in force readiness, but less than maximum readiness
DEFCON 1 Maximum force readiness