Homeland Security Recommends New Terror Alert System

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Associated Press is reporting that the color-based terror alert system may soon be thrown out, as per recommendations by the Homeland Security Department to the White House. The new alert system will reportedly endeavor to be more descriptive, helping the public understand the specifics of the threat and how to respond. We take a listen to tape on the old system — in effect since 2002 — and discuss what the new one might deliver. 

Comments [8]

Hulie via Twitter from Iowa

Pretty Calm; Concerned; Yikes!; WHOA!!; RUN FOR COVER!!

Nov. 24 2010 01:16 PM
Justin Mead via Facebook

‎5. Drink some Country Time lemonade on the porch.
4. Make sure the car and generator has gas, guns have ammo, provisions are stocked.
3. Check the date on your gas mask canister and consider not going to work in the tall building.
2. Load the... guns, stay alert, watch/listen to the news.
1. Gather the women and children and run to the street, hills or basement now!

Nov. 24 2010 01:10 PM
Studly Stan from Boston

I think we need to stick with extremely dumbed down icons - the public has been anesthetized by reality television and sensationalist media.

I propose a system based on Disney Princesses:

Level Snow White - everything is fine
Level Belle (Beauty and the Beast) - Careful, things not as they seem (or domestic terrorism alert)
Level Mulan - problems coming from the far East
Level Princess Jasmine - problems coming from the Middle East
Level Cruella deVille - run for the hills, all h3ll is breaking out!

Nov. 24 2010 11:51 AM
Kathleen via phone from Detroit, Mich.

Here's the thing about color threat levels. They're meaningless. Why not just tell the American public what the issue is? Hey, about that? Tell us what the concern is, so we understand why the concern level is elevated.

Nov. 24 2010 10:41 AM
James Melton via Facebook from Detroit, Mich.

How about:

1) Everything's cool
2) Hmmm... something don't look right
3) Umm, we're worried. Be careful out there.

Nov. 24 2010 10:38 AM
Michael Few via Facebook from Fort Bragg, NC

Let Stephen Colbert design it.

Nov. 24 2010 10:37 AM
John Bartlett via Facebook from Wayne, NJ

A scale of increasingly alarmed emoticons.

Nov. 24 2010 10:36 AM
Al from New Jersey

How about "education through terrorism?" For example, to educate the public about military preparedness, we could use Low=militia, Guarded=border patrol and coast guard, Elevated= army, navy and air force, High=conventional warfare, and Severe=nuclear holocaust. Or to educate about politics, Low=Stay-at-home Voters, Guarded=Independents, Guarded=Democrats, Elevated=Republicans, and Severe=Tea Party.

Nov. 24 2010 10:11 AM

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