Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Homeland Security Advisory System

The much-ridiculed homeland security color-coded threat level system, which has been stuck at "orange" for years, will finally be dropped by the end of April. In a press conference today, Janet Napolitano announced that a new system will be introduced that will be based on individual threats and recommended responses to these threats. Details are still scarce, but it will have to "levels" - elevated and imminent threat. She said it "will provide a concise summary of the potential threat, information about actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps that individuals and communities can take."

I suppose we'll have to wait to see what emerges, but this does sound more useful and promising. Also of interest is how the alerts will be delivered - social media? text messages? Watch this space!

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