Phased Facility Security Program Development Handbook: Homeland Security Advisory System   [open pdf - 204KB]

This document intends to lessen the risk of any incidents or threats to Department of Commerce (DOC) personnel or facilities and to provide a safe and secure working environment. Homeland Security Presidential Directive-3 (PD-3) was issued on March 12, 2002. Homeland Security PD-3 developed a National Homeland Security Advisory System to provide a comprehensive and effective means to disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist acts to federal, state, and local authorities and to the American people. The Department of Commerce incorporated Homeland Security PD-3 initiatives into the Department's Phased Security Advisory System on June 30, 2002. This system provides warnings in the form of a set of graduated "Threat Conditions" or Alert Levels that would increase as the risk of the threat increases. The DOC Phased Security Advisory System creates a common vocabulary, context, and structure. At each Alert Level, DOC managers and employees will implement their corresponding Phased Security Alert Plan to reduce vulnerability or increase response capability during a period of heightened alert. The DOC Office of Security recognizes, however, that bringing some facilities up to the DOJ minimum security standards in all areas may not be feasible because of the nature of an existing lease, the unwillingness of a landlord to modify a lease, or a major structural problem. Each facility's security requirements and feasibility of meeting those requirements must be addressed on a building-by-building basis. The DOC/OSY stands committed to provide professional security services to DOC managers to determine individual facility security requirements by providing an Analytical Risk Management Security Survey.

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