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DHS To Discontinue Color-Coded Homeland Security Alert System


January 27, 2011


Secretary Napolitano Announces New National Terrorism Advisory System to More Effectively Communicate Information about Terrorist Threats to the American Public

Washington, D.C. - Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will discontinue the color-coded alerts of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) in favor of a new system, the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), that will more effectively 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.

The National Terrorism Advisory System will be implemented over the next 90 days in order for DHS and our federal, state, local, tribal, community and private sector partners to transition to the new system.

Secretary Napolitano's complete message and more details on the new National Terrorism Advisory System are available from DHS.

The color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System remains in effect for the next 90 days. MEMA and other State web sites will continue to carry the current graphics and information until the transition date of April 27, 2011, per DHS guidance.





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