NTAS Guide: National Terrorism Advisory System Public Guide April 2011

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1 NTAS GUIDE National Terrorism Advisory System Public Guide April 2011

2 The National Terrorism Advisory System The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color- coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effect ively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector. It recognizes that Americans all share res ponsibility for the nation’s security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do. NTAS Alerts After reviewing the available information, the Secretary of Homeland Security will decid e, in coordination with other Federal , whether an NTAS Alert should be issued. entities NTAS Alerts will only be issued when credible information is available . Imminent Threat Alert These alerts will include a clear statement that there is Warns of a credible, specific, and or an imminent threat . Using available elevated threat impending terrorist threat against the , the alerts will provide a concise summary information United States. of the potential threat, information about actions being taken to ensure public safety, and recommended steps Elevated Threat Alert , communities, businesses and that individuals p prevent, mitigate or governments can t ake to hel Warns of a credible terrorist threat respond to the threat . against the United States. The NTAS Alerts will be based on the nature of the threat: 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. sunset NTAS Alerts contain a Sunset Provision provision indicating a specific alert expires - date when the An individual threat alert is issued for a specific time period and there will not be a constant NTAS tomatically expires. It may be extended if new information then au Alert or blanket warning that becomes available or the threat evolves. there is an overarching threat . If alert, the Secretary of Homeland Security may announce an updated threat information changes for an lert, will be distributed the Alert. All changes, including the announcement that cancels an NTAS A NTAS same way as the original alert. TM . Report s If You See Something, Say Something uspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911. Page | 2

3 The NTAS Al – How can you help? ert the public Each alert provides information to about the threat, including, if available, the Terrorism Information geographic region, mode of transportation, or Terrorism information and intelligence is critical infrastructure potentially affected by the based on the collection, analysis and reporting threat ; protective actions being taken b y of a range of sources and methods. While authorities, and steps that individuals and that a threat is intelligence may indicate and communities can take to protect themselves credible, specific details may still not be their families, and help prevent, mitigate or known. As such, Americans should continue to stay informed and vigilant throughout the . respond to the threat duration of an NTAS Alert. Citizens should report suspicious activity to their TM “If You See Something, Say Something local law enforcement authorities. The ” campaign across the United States encourages all citizens to be vigilant for indicators of potential terrorist activity , and to exhibiting certain follow NTAS Alert s for information about threats in specific places or for individuals types of suspicious activity. Visit to learn more about the www.dhs.gov/ifyouseesomethingsaysomething campaign. Alert Announcements NTAS Alerts will be issued through state, local and tribal partners, the news media and directly to the public via the following channels: Via the official DHS NTAS webpage • – http://www.dhs.gov/alerts http://www.dhs.gov/alerts • Via email signup at – • Via social media http://facebook.com/NTASAlerts o Facebook – o Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/NTASAlerts Via data feeds, web widgets and graphics • o http://www.dhs.gov/alerts The public can also expect to see alerts in places, both public and private, such as transit hubs, airports and government buildings. Sample NTAS Alert A sam ple NTAS Alert is provided at the end of this booklet. TM If You See Something, Say Something uspicious activity to local law . Report s enforcement or call 911. 3 Page |

4 Asked Questions Frequently the Q – What will happen to color ‐ coded advisory system? 1. ‐ The new National Terrorism Advisory System replaces A the Homeland Security Advisory System that has been in place since 2002. The Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, will include National information specific to the particular credible threat, and will not use a color ‐ co ale. ded sc the – How 2. does Q new system work? A – When there is credible information about a threat, an NTAS Alert will be shared with the American public. It may include specific information, if available, about the nature of the threat, criti or on, including the geographic region, mode transportati of cal potentially infrastructure the threat, as well as affected that by individuals and communities can take to protect steps themselves and help prevent, mitigate or respond to the threat. The advisory will clearly indicate whether the threat is Elevated , if we have no specific information about the tim or ng or location, i Imminent if we believe the threat , is impending or very soon. 3. Q – As a citizen, how will I find out that an NTAS Alert has been announced? will A – The Secretary of Homeland Security announce the alerts publically. Alerts will distribu media for simultaneously be posted at DHS.gov/alerts and released to the news The tion. Department Homeland Security will also distribute alerts across its social media channels, of the Department’s blog, Twitter stream, Facebook page, and RSS feed. including Q ‐ What should Americans do when an NTAS Alert is announced? 4. The NTAS Alert informs the America – A threats, public about credible terrorism n and encourages citizens to report suspicious activity. Where possible and applicable, NTAS Alerts will include steps that and communities can take to protect individuals themselves to help prevent, mitigate or respond to the threat. Individuals should review the information contained in the alert, and based upon the circ for ces, take the recommended precautionary or preparedness measures umstan their families. themselves and I 5. – How should Q report suspicious activity? A – Citizens should report suspicious activity to their local law enforcement authorities. The “If You See Say Something” campaign across the Uni Something, ed States encourages all citizens to be t vigilant for indicators of potential terrorist activity, and to follow NTAS Alerts for information about exhibiting threats specific places or for individuals in certain types of suspicious activity. 6. Q ‐ I get my news online, so how will I find out about an NTAS Alert? A – Americans can go to DHS.gov/alerts to see the most recent advisories. Additionally, advisories media. mainstream will be sent out widely through social and TM If You See Something, Say Something . Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911. Page | 4

5 Q - How will NTAS Alerts be cancelled 7. or updated? A – The NTAS Alerts carry an expiration date and will be automatically cancelled on that date. If alert, the Secretary of Homeland Security may announce an the threat information changes for an updated NTAS A lert, will be announcement that cancels an NTAS A lert. All changes, including the distributed the same way as the original alert. Q - Do these alerts apply to Americans in other countries? 8. Alerts apply only to threats in the United States and its possessions. The Department of A – NTAS State issues security advisory information for U.S. citizens overseas or traveling in foreign countries. TM . Report s uspicious activity to local law If You See Something, Say Something enforcement or call 911. 5 Pa ge |

6 XXXX ISSUED: & TIME DATE SUMMARY DURATION An individual threat alert is issued The Secretary of Homeland Security informs the public and for a specific time period and then releva nt government and private sector partners about a automatically expires. It may be potential or actual threat with this alert, indicating whether extended if new information there is an “imminent” or “elevated” threat. becomes available or the threat evolves. AFFECTED AREAS DETAILS • This section provides more detail about the threat and what the public and  This section includes visual sectors need to know. depictions (such as maps or • It may include specific information, if available, about the nature and other graphics) showing the credibility of the threat, including the critical infrastructure sector(s) or affected location(s), sector(s), location(s) that may be affected. or other illustrative detail about can be released publicly about actions • It includes as much information as the threat itself. being taken or planned by authorities to ensure public safety, such as increased protective actions and what the public may expect to see. STAY INFORMED STAY PREPARED HOW YOU CAN HELP This section notifies the public • • This section provides information • This section emphasizes the about where to get more on ways the public can help importance of the public planning information. and preparing for emergencies before authorities (e.g. camera phone pictures taken at the site of an they happen, including specific steps explosion), and reinforces the individuals, families and businesses It encourages citizens to stay • can take to ready themselves and their importance of reporting suspicious informed about updates from activity. communities. local public safety and community leaders. • It provides additional preparedness • It may ask the public or certain sectors to be alert for a particular information that may be relevant It includes a link to the DHS • item, situation, person, activity or t. based on this threa NTAS website developing trend. http://www.dhs.gov/alerts and http://twitter.com/NTASAlerts TM or call 911. law enforcement . Report suspicious activity to local If You See Something, Say Something The National Terrorism Advisory System provides Americans with alert information on homeland security threats. It is distributed by the Department o f Homeland Security. More information is available at: To receive mobile updates: www.dhs.gov/alerts. www.twitter.com/NTASAlerts If You See Something Say Something™ used with permission of the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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