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Der Text enthält kurze Zusammenfassung des Systems, Kommentare von Bill
Berger, Präsident der the International Association of Chiefs of Police,
und ein RfC (Request for Comments) des FBI zu dem System. 

Daily Briefing   

 March 12, 2002 

 Ridge unveils more specific national alert system 

 By Kellie Lunney klunney -!
- govexec -

 The White House Office of Homeland Security on Tuesday announced a new
warning system that includes five levels of alert for assessing the
threat of possible terrorist attacks. 

 The color-coded alert system, created by a presidential directive, is
designed to help government and law enforcement officials properly gauge
threats of possible terrorist attacks on the country and allocate their
resources appropriately, according to a White House statement. The
warning system, which provides guidance to agencies and the public, is
currently in effect at all federal agencies. 

 The lowest level of alert is green, followed by blue, yellow, orange
and red, which means there is a "severe risk of terrorist attacks." The
country is currently operating at the middle, or yellow level, which
means there is a "significant risk of terrorist attacks." A yellow alert
directs government and law enforcement officials to increase
surveillance of areas that may be targets of a possible attack and
coordinate emergency plans with nearby jurisdictions. 

 Attorney General John Ashcroft will be responsible for developing and
managing the federal alert system, following a 45-day public comment
period. The White House is encouraging states and local communities to
adopt the system, after President Bush approves the final version. 

 Since Sept. 11, the government has issued four general warnings about
possible terrorist attacks, directing federal and local law enforcement
agencies to place themselves on the "highest alert." But government and
law enforcement officials, particularly at the state and local levels,
complained that general warnings were too vague and a drain on

 "We are pleased with the new alert system from a couple of
standpoints," said Police Chief Bill Berger, president of the
International Association of Chiefs of Police and police chief of North
Miami Beach, Fla. "We know that [Homeland Security Director] Tom Ridge
worked hard and talked to a lot of people to make this happen." Berger
called on the government in November to design a more formal warning
system, similar to the military's system of threat assessment, which
also operates on five levels of alert.

 The new federal alert system is similar to the state of Florida's flag
system for hurricane alerts, Berger said. Like the hurricane warning
system, the homeland security threat assessment is easy-to-understand
and user-friendly, he said.

 Eventually states and local communities should operate on different
levels within the homeland security alert system, making warnings
specific to geographic regions, Berger said. "For example, under that
scenario, Florida could be operating at the yellow level, while another
part of the country is classified as green." 

 States and local communities will most likely adopt the federal
government's system of alert, Berger said. Information-sharing "up and
down" the federal, state and local chains is the overall objective in
developing an effective warning system, he said. 

Send written comments on the homeland security system of alert to:

FBI Director
Homeland Security Advisory System
Room 7222
935 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20535
E-mail comments to: HSAScomments -!
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