Sun Sets on DHS’ Rainbow of Terror

Color-coded alerts will be replaced by system that gives information specific to the threat and location.

by / January 27, 2011

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is retiring its color-coded system that tells Americans how likely terrorists are to strike, in favor of a more specific, location-based alert system, the department announced Thursday, Jan. 27.

The new National Terror Advisory System will give alerts specific to the threat and location, said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, at a press conference held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The color-coded system was to be phased out beginning Thursday; the new system takes effect in April.

“This new system is built on a clear and simple premise: When a credible threat develops that could impact the public, we will tell you and provide whatever information we can so that you know how to keep yourselves, your families and your communities safe,” Napolitano said.

Go to Emergency Management to read more about the new national alert system.

Lauren Katims Nadeau

Lauren Katims previously served as a staff writer and contributing writer for Government Technology magazine.