HOMELAND SECURITY AND TERRORISM
HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY SYSTEM
The Homeland Security Advisory System was designed to provide a way to get information regarding the risk of terrorist acts to federal, state and local authorities and to the American people. This system provides warnings in the form of graduated “Threat Conditions” that increase as the risk of threat increases. At each threat condition, federal, state and local authorities would implement a corresponding set of “Protective Measures” to further reduce vulnerability or increase response capabilities during a period of heightened alert.
But what does all that mean to individuals, families, neighborhoods, schools and businesses? The American Red Cross has put together guidelines for those groups.
The American Red Cross also has a good brochure titled “Terrorism: Preparing for the Unexpected” that gives good advice on preparedness in general and in the event of a terrorist attack.
The Department of Homeland Security also has a new web site dealing with preparedness for terrorist events. Check out “Ready.gov” to get your copy of their brochure or print out the different sections for your own library on preparedness.