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New National Terrorism Advisory System Replaces Color-Coded Alert System

Terrorism threats will no longer be classified as “yellow” “orange” or “red” under the new National Terrorism Advisory System.

The new system will 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.

This is how the new system will work according to the Department of Homeland Security:

When there is credible information about a threat, an NTAS Alert will be shared with the American public. It may include specific information, if available, about the nature of the threat, including the geographic region, mode of transportation, or critical infrastructure potentially affected by the threat, as well as steps that individuals and communities can take to protect themselves and help prevent, mitigate or respond to the threat. The advisory will clearly indicate whether the threat is Elevated, if we have no specific information about the timing or location, or Imminent, if we believe the threat is impending or very soon.

Alert notices will be posted in public places, such as airports and other transportation hubs, and will be shared with the news media.

You can sign up to receive the alerts through email, Facebook or Twitter.

For more information about the new terrorism advisory system, you can read the public guide available in English and Spanish (PDF).

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