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Alert Description
Green:

Low Condition
Low risk of terrorist attacks. The following protective measures may be applied:


*Refining and exercising preplanned protective measures


*Ensuring personnel receive training on homeland security advisory system, departmental, or agency-specific protective measures


*Regularly assessing facilities for vulnerabilities and taking measures to reduce them
Blue:

Guarded Condition
General risk of terrorist attack. In addition to the previously outlined protective measures, the following steps may be taken:


*Checking communications with designated emergency response or command locations


*Reviewing and updating emergency response procedures


*Providing the public with necessary information
Yellow:

Elevated Condition
Significant risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined protective measures, the following steps may be taken:


*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


*Implementing, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans
Orange:

High Condition
High risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined protective measures, the following steps may be taken:


*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, restricting access to essential personnel only
Red:

Severe Condition
Severe risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined protective measures, the following steps may be taken:

*Assigning emergency response personnel and pre-positioning specially trained teams


*Monitoring, redirecting or constraining transportation systems


*Closing public and government facilities


*Increasing or redirecting personnel to address critical emergency needs

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