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August 10, 2006...

Code Red for international flights to the U.S. originating in the UK: Code Orange for commerical U.S. domestic flights; Code Yellow for the U.S.

July 7, 2005...

Code Orange for metropolitan transportation and rail systems

January 18, 2005...

Code Yellow is in effect
A tool to combat terrorism.
Threat Conditions characterize the risk of terrorist attack. Protective Measures are the steps that will be taken by government and the private sector to reduce vulnerabilities. The DHS establishes five Threat Conditions with associated suggested Protective Measures:
placeholderCode Red - Severe Condition
Severe risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined Protective Measures, the following may be applied:
Assigning emergency response personnel and pre-positioning specially trained teams; Monitoring, redirecting or constraining transportation systems
Closing public and government facilities
Increasing or redirecting personnel to address critical emergency needs
placeholderCode Orange - High Condition
High risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined Protective Measures, the following may be applied:
Coordinating necessary security efforts with armed forces or law enforcement agencies
Taking additional precaution at public events
Preparing to work at an alternate site or with a dispersed workforce; and Restricting access to essential personnel only
placeholderCode Yellow - Elevated Condition
Significant risk of terrorist attacks. In addition to the previously outlined Protective Measures, the following may be applied:
Increasing surveillance of critical locations
Coordinating emergency plans with nearby jurisdictions
Assessing further refinement of Protective Measures within the context of the current threat information
Implementing, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans
placeholderCode Blue - Guarded Condition
General risk of terrorist attack. In addition to the previously outlined Protective Measures, the following may be applied:
Checking communications with designated emergency response or command locations
Reviewing and updating emergency response procedures
Providing the public with necessary information.
placeholderCode Green - Low Condition
Low risk of terrorist attacks. The following Protective Measures may be applied:
Refining and exercising preplanned Protective Measures
Ensuring personnel receive training on HSAS, departmental, or agency-specific Protective Measures
Regularly assessing facilities for vulnerabilities and taking measures to reduce them