Homeland Security Advisory System, State Threat Conditions, and Associated Protective Measures: Coordinating Protective Measures under Changing Advisory System Levels   [open pdf - 97KB]

"The absence of a mechanism for coordinating the implementation of protective measures under changing Homeland Security Advisory System levels contributed to an uncoordinated response. President George W. Bush signed Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-3, which created the HSAS to improve coordination and communication in the event of a threat of terrorist attacks. According to HSPD-3, the HSAS is meant to 'disseminate information regarding the risk of terrorist acts to federal, state, and local authorities and to the American people.' The HSAS has two stated purposes. First, it informs federal, state, and local governments and the public of the perceived credibility and imminence of threats. Second, it directs a systematic, coordinated governmental response to such threats to reduce vulnerability or to increase response capability. The system uses colors (from green to red) to define threat conditions from 'Low' to Severe.' "

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