Family Security Recommendations

Homeland Security Advisory System Recommendations
Source: American National Red Cross

FAMILY

SEVERE
(Red)

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Listen to radio/TV for current information/instructions.
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities immediately
  • Contact business to determine status of work day
  • Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities
  • Be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate if instructed to do so by local governmental authorities
  • Discuss children's fears concerning possible/actual terrorist attacks

HIGH
(Orange)

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorites
  • Review disaster plan with all family members
  • Ensure communication plan is understood/practiced by all family members
  • Exercise caution when traveling
  • Have shelter in place, materials on hand
  • Discuss children's fears concerning possible terrorist attacks
  • If a need is announced, donate blood at designated blood collection center

ELEVATED
(Yellow)

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities
  • Ensure disaster supplies kit is stocked and ready
  • Check telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in your personal communication plan and update as neccesary
  • If not known to you, contact school to determine their emergency notification and evacuation plans for children
  • Develop alternate routes to/from work/school and practice them

GUARDED
(Blue)

  • Complete recommended actions at lower levels
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorites
  • Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated
  • Develop emergency communication plan with family/neighbors/friends
  • Provide volunteer services and take advantage of additional volunteer training opportunities

LOW
(Green)

  • Develop a personal disaster plan and disaster supplies kit using Red Cross brochures Your Family Disaster Plan and Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit
  • Examine volunteer opportunities in your community, choose an agency to volunteer with and receive initial training
  • Take a Red Cross CPR/AED and first aid course