Homeland Security issues fact sheet on NTAS update
The system has two alert levels, which consist of elevated and imminent alerts. Elevated alerts indicate that there is a credible threat against the U.S. or its territories that warrants precautionary and preventative measures being put in place. The imminent level indicates that it is more specific than the elevated indication; it can also refer to an ongoing threat or attack. DHS reports that an alert has not been issued since it was established in 2011.
With this update, DHS intends to make another kind of transmission to add flexibility to the department’s communication with the public. NTAS Bulletins would bridge the gap between no alerts and a threatening situation by providing information on a broader scale. The fact sheet states that bulletins would be more frequent as these detail trends and developments concerning terrorism and threats. They will also fill the role of warning that precautions should be prepared, but other aspects have not warranted an elevated or imminent alert.
According to the department, the addition of bulletins will facilitate clear communication between DHS and communities to ensure that citizens are better protected and prepared.