Levels of Operation


Low (Green)

Low risk of a significant incident, Routine security and general safety measures should be followed.

City Employees:
•     Conduct training, Seminars, workshops and exercises using the emergency response plans.
•     Provide emergency preparedness information and training to employees.
•     Conduct routine inventories of emergency supplies and medical aid kits.
•     Institutionalizing a process to assure that all critical facilities are assessed and implementing appropriate protective measures.

Citizens:
•     Continue to enjoy individual freedoms. Participate freely in travel, work and recreation.
•     Develop a family emergency plan and take measures to protect your family.
•     Learn how to turn off home power, gas and water service.

Guarded (Blue)

General risk with no credible threat to specific targets.

City Employees:
•     Review and update emergency response procedures.
•     Check communications with designated emergency response or command locations.
•     Support the Neighborhood Watch and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
•     Report suspicious packages, activities, and vehicles to the proper authorities.
•     Encourage all citizens and employees to have necessary immunizations and' preventive health care.

Citizens:
•     Continue normal activities, report suspicious activity to local Law Enforcement.
•     Review family emergency plans, purchase supplies, food and store water.
•     Volunteer to assist and support community response agencies.

Elevated (Yellow)

Elevated risk of incident but no specific location.

City Employees:
•     Announce threat condition ELEVATED to general public. Monitor media and update the general public.
•     Review and exercise physical security plans for critical facilities.
•     Ensure all buildings are secured, inspected for suspicious or unattended packages.
•     Develop a cadre of trained volunteers.
•     Coordinate with adjacent municipalities for mutual aid support.
•     Implementing, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.

Citizens:
•     Continue normal activities, but report suspicious activities to local Law Enforcement.
•     Network with family, neighbors and community for support for any unexpected event.
•     Report suspicious activities at or near critical facilities.

High (Orange)

Credible intelligence indicates that there is a high risk of a major incident, which would effect local operations.

City Employees:
•     Require identification, Sign-in and escort as needed. Restrict parking under or near buildings.
•     Instruct employees to be especially watchful for suspicious or unattended packages and items.
•     Take additional precautions at public events and possibly consider alternative venues or even cancellation.
•     Conduct 100% verification of deliveries and restrict shipments.
•     Implement rumor control to avoid public panic, test communication plans.

Citizens:
•     Continue normal activities but expect some delays resulting from heightened security at public buildings and facilities.
•     Report suspicious activities at or near critical facilities.
•     Avoid leaving unattended packages or brief cases in public places.
•     Consider taking reasonable personal security precautions. Be alert to your surroundings, monitor the activities of your children and discuss emergency plans with family members.
•     Maintain close contact with your family and neighbors to ensure their safety and emotional welfare.

Severe (Red)

A severe incident has occurred or credible and corroborated intelligence indicates that one is imminent. Normally this threat condition will have specific information with regard to the threat.

City Employee:
•     Announce Threat Level SEVERE, explain anticipated actions. Monitor media and update the general public.
•     Require all employees to wear picture identification while performing their duties.
•     Visually inspect the interior and undercarriage of vehicles entering parking lots at pre­-selected sites.
•     Cancel or delay unnecessary employee travel or leave requests.
•     Activate the Emergency Operations Center, Control all information released to public and media.
•     Provide security for personnel dispatched to repair or restore damaged facilities and systems.
•     Assign emergency response personnel and pre-positioning and mobilizing specially trained personnel.
•     Assess risks and possibly close public or government facilities.
 
Citizens:
•     Report suspicious activities and call 9-1-1 for immediate response. Be suspicious of activities around critical facilities.
•     Expect delays, searches of personal items and restricted access (including parking) to public building.
•     Avoid crowded public areas and gatherings or areas affected by the incident.
•     Keep emergency supplies accessible and automobile fuel tank full.
•     Be prepared to evacuate your home or shelter in place on order of local authorities.
•     Assist neighbors who may need help.