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Napolitano Announces Implementation of National Terrorism Advisory System

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced the implementation April 20 of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), which provides timely information to the public about credible terrorist threats. This system replaces the former color-coded process of alerts.

These new alerts will include a clear statement when there is an imminent or elevated threat. Using available information, the alerts will provide a concise summary of the potential threat, information about actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps that individuals, communities, businesses, governments, and public transit systems can take to help prevent, mitigate, or respond to the threat.

Napolitano also released a guide that outlines the new system to the American public, along with an example of an NTAS Alert that would be issued.

In some cases, alerts will be sent directly to law enforcement or affected areas of the private sector, while in others, alerts will be issued more broadly to the American people through both official and media channels.

“The terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly over the past 10 years, and in today’s environment—more than ever—we know that the best security strategy is one that counts on the American public as a key partner in securing our country,” said Napolitano.

Depending on the nature of the threat, alerts may be sent to law enforcement, distributed to affected areas of the private sector, or issued more broadly to the public through both official and social media channels—including a designated DHS web page, Facebook, and via Twitter @NTASAlerts. NTAS alerts and posters will also be displayed in such places such as transit hubs, airports, and government buildings. NTAS threat alerts will be issued for a specific time period and will automatically expire.

For more information on the National Terrorism Advisory System or to receive NTAS alerts, click here.
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