US colour-coded terror warnings to go by April 27

The nation`s color-coded terror warning system will be phased out beginning this week.

Updated: Jan 27, 2011, 09:06 AM IST

Washington: By the end of April, terror threats to the US will no longer be described in shades of green, blue, yellow, orange and red, according to a newswire.

The nation`s colour-coded terror warning system will be phased out beginning this week, according to government officials familiar with the plan. The officials requested anonymity to speak ahead of an announcement scheduled on Thursday by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The Homeland Security Department and other government agencies have been reviewing the Homeland Security Advisory System`s usefulness for more than a year. One of the most notable changes to come: The public will no longer hear automated recordings at US airports stating that the threat level is orange.

The Obama administration will take the next three months to roll out a replacement, which will be called the National Terrorism Advisory System. The new plan calls for notifying specific audiences about specific threats. In some cases, it might be a one-page threat description sent to law enforcement officials describing the threat, what law enforcement needs to do about it and what the federal
government is doing, one of the officials said.

When agency officials think there is a threat the public should know about, they will issue an announcement and rely on news organisations and social media outlets to get the word out.

Republican Rep. Peter King, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee in the House of Representatives, said the old threat system served a valuable purpose in the aftermath of the terror attacks of Sept 11, 2001, but a more targeted system is needed now.

Bureau Report