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Homeland Security Threat Level Guidelines

Homeland Security Threat Level Guidelines

 

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Recommended Action

PLAN

Create an emergency plan for your neighborhood/ business to address all hazards and emergencies, including

PREPARE

Prepare a 3-day disaster supply kit (water, non-perishable foods, first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, prescription drugs, etc).

IDENTIFY

Consider plans and contingencies to assist emergency worker's family members.  Identify and address special needs of the elderly, handicapped or ill in your community or workplace

REPORT

Report suspicious circumstances and/or individuals to law enforcement agencies.  When in doubt, call and report.

REVIEW

Review all plans related to the anticipation of a higher threat level.  Implement as appropriate.

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SAFELY

Continue to include safety and common sense practices in daily routines.  Be security conscious.

TRAIN

Take first aid, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training.  Contact Monroe County Red Cross at 734/289-1481.

ASSIGN

Assign another location away from home to report to in case of an emergency.  For businesses, also assign an alternate location/assembly area for your employees.

ASSESS

Practice safe mail handling and mail receipt procedures.

SECURE

Keep vehicles locked.  Use security lighting.

BEWARE

Exercise caution when traveling.  Contact the International Travelers Health Advisory at 877/394-8747.

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RECOMMENDED ACTION

CONTINUE

Continue or introduce all measures listed in previous condition.

PLAN

Implement security plans appropriate to the facility (i.e., churches, community centers, etc.).

MAINTAIN

Check emergency equipment and supplies.  Keep vehicles fueled.

UPDATE

Update phone numbers and e-mail addresses of family, friends, neighbors, work personnel and all other emergency contacts.

EVALUATE

Test communications plan.

COORDINATE

Coordinate emergency plans with nearby neighbors/jurisdictions.

CONDUCT

Conduct neighborhood/building meetings to discuss emergency plans.

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RECOMMENDED ACTION

CONTINUE

Continue to introduce all measures listed in previous conditions.

INSPECT

Routinely inspect the interior and exterior of buildings for suspicious packages, unauthorized vehicles, persons and security breaches.

OBSERVE

Maintain heightened awareness of people, vehicles and activities.  Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to law enforcement agencies.

REVIEW

Review all plans related to the anticipation of a higher threat level.  Implement as appropriate.

PATROL

Operation random patrols to check vehicles, people, and buildings.

ALTERNATE

Develop and use alternate routes to and from home/school/work.

CHECK

Validate vendor lists for all routine deliveries and repair services.  Check all deliveries to homes and facilities and, if suspicious, call local authorities.  Check identification of delivery personnel.

PREPARE

Check all equipment for operational readiness, fill fuel tanks and check specialized response equipment.

INVENTORY

Check and replenish inventories of critical supplies and re-order if necessary.

RELOCATE

Move or secure vehicles and objects (trash containers, crates, etc.) away from buildings.

CONTACT

Contact a security firm to provide necessary support/reinforcement.

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RECOMMENDED ACTION

CONTINUE

Continue or introduce all measures listed in previous conditions.  Remain calm.

PREPARE

Be prepared to work at an alternate site and/or with a disperse workforce.  Check with your employer for his/her plan.

PREPARE

Be prepared to expect disruptions and delays of normal activities (power, phones, traffic, road closures, etc.).

ADDRESS

Address children's fears of terrorist attacks.

SECURE

Enforce parking of vehicles away from sensitive buildings.  Randomly search vehicles in regulated parking areas.

STRENGTHEN

Increase defensive measures around key structures and events.  Introduce physical security procedures.  Restrict access as needed.

REVIEW

Review emergency plans at work, school, and home.

DONATE

Donate blood, if needed, at blood collection center.

BEWARE

Take additional security precautions at special events.  Be aware of your surroundings and report suspicious circumstances.

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CONTINUE

Continue or introduce all measures listed in previous conditions.  Remain calm, do not panic.

RESPOND

Shelter in place or evacuated if instructed by government officials.

RESTRICT

Implement parking and entry restrictions.  Park vehicles away from key facilities.  Construct physical security barriers and checkpoints.

COMMUNICATE

Contact businesses, schools and key facilities to determine operating status.

PROVIDE

Provide volunteer services if requested.

CANCEL

Consider canceling or cancel special or large events.

OBEY

Obey travel and other restrictions.

ASSIST

Assist the elderly and people with special needs.  Keep them informed.

CLOSE

Close schools, businesses and public buildings if necessary.

CHECK

Check identification and provide escorts for visitors in schools, businesses and public buildings.

COUNSEL

Provide and utilize trained counselors to help with stresses related to terrorist threats.

LISTEN

Listen to radio/television for current information or instructions.

Information courtesy of Oakland County Emergency Response and Preparedness and Federal Emergency Management Agency.