April 21, 2014

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Reporter: Associated Press

Homeland Security: Advisory System Recommendations for Individuals

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 businesses to determine status of work 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
  • Provide volunteer services only as requested

High – Orange

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Review your personal disaster plan
  • Exercise caution when traveling
  • Have shelter in place, materials on hand and review procedures for preparing for the unexpected
  • If a need is announced, donate blood at designated blood collection center, if able.
  • Prior to volunteering, contact agency to determine their needs

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 personal communication plan and update as necessary
  • Develop alternate routes to/from work/school and practice them
  • Continue to provide volunteer services

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  • Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated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 emergency communication plan with family/neighbors/friends
  • Provide volunteer services and take advantage of additional volunteer training opportunities

Low – Green

  • Develop a personal disaster plan and disaster supplies kit
  • Examine volunteer opportunities in your community; choose an agency to volunteer with and receive initial training
  • Take a CPR/AED and First Aid course

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