October 31, 2014

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Reporter: Associated Press

Homeland Security: Advisory System Recommendations for Families

Severe – Red

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities immediately
  • Contact business/school to determine status of work/school day
  • Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities
  • Be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate if instructed to do so by local governmental authorities
  • Discuss children’s fears concerning possible/actual terrorist attacks

High – Orange

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Review disaster plan with all family members
  • Ensure communication plan is understood/practiced by all family members
  • Exercise caution when traveling
  • Have shelter in place materials on hand and understand procedure
  • Discuss children’s fears concerning possible terrorist attacks
  • If a need is announced, donate blood at designated blood collection center

Elevated – Yellow

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Ensure disaster supplies kit is stocked and ready
  • Check telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in your family emergency communication plan and update as necessary
  • If not known to you, contact school to determine their emergency notification and evacuation plans for children
  • Develop alternate routes to/from school/work and practice them

Guarded – Blue

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated
  • Develop an emergency communication plan that all family members understand
  • Establish an alternate meeting place away from home with family/friends

Low – Green

  • Develop a personal disaster plan and disaster supplies kit
  • Take a Red Cross CPR/AED and first aid course

Source: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/beprepared/hsas.html
(The American Red Cross Web Site) contributed to this report