Levels of Operation

Low (Green)

Low risk of a significant incident, routine security, and general safety measures should be followed.

City Employees

  • Conduct training, seminars, workshops, and exercises using the emergency response plans.
  • Provide emergency preparedness information and training to employees.
  • Conduct routine inventories of emergency supplies and medical aid kits.
  • Institutionalizing a process to assure that all critical facilities are assessed and implementing appropriate protective measures.


  • Continue to enjoy individual freedoms. Participate freely in travel, work and recreation.
  • Develop a family emergency plan and take measures to protect your family.
  • Learn how to turn off home power, gas and water service.

Guarded (Blue)

General risk with no credible threat to specific targets.

City Employees

  • Review and update emergency response procedures.
  • Check communications with designated emergency response or command locations.
  • Support the Neighborhood Watch and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Report suspicious packages, activities, and vehicles to the proper authorities.
  • Encourage all citizens and employees to have necessary immunizations and' preventive health care.


  • Continue normal activities, report suspicious activity to local Law Enforcement.
  • Review family emergency plans, purchase supplies, food, and store water.
  • Volunteer to assist and support community response agencies.

Elevated (Yellow)

Elevated risk of incident but no specific location.

City Employees

  • Announce threat condition elevated to general public. Monitor media and update the general public.
  • Review and exercise physical security plans for critical facilities.
  • Ensure all buildings are secured, inspected for suspicious or unattended packages.
  • Develop a cadre of trained volunteers.
  • Coordinate with adjacent municipalities for mutual aid support.
  • Implementing, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.


  • Continue normal activities, but report suspicious activities to local Law Enforcement.
  • Network with family, neighbors and community for support for any unexpected event.
  • Report suspicious activities at or near critical facilities.

High (Orange)

Credible intelligence indicates that there is a high risk of a major incident, which would effect local operations.

City Employees

  • Require identification, Sign-in and escort as needed. Restrict parking under or near buildings.
  • Instruct employees to be especially watchful for suspicious or unattended packages and items.
  • Take additional precautions at public events and possibly consider alternative venues or even cancellation.
  • Conduct 100% verification of deliveries and restrict shipments.
  • Implement rumor control to avoid public panic, test communication plans.


  • Continue normal activities but expect some delays resulting from heightened security at public buildings and facilities.
  • Report suspicious activities at or near critical facilities.
  • Avoid leaving unattended packages or brief cases in public places.
  • Consider taking reasonable personal security precautions. Be alert to your surroundings, monitor the activities of your children and discuss emergency plans with family members.
  • Maintain close contact with your family and neighbors to ensure their safety and emotional welfare.

Severe (Red)

A severe incident has occurred or credible and corroborated intelligence indicates that one is imminent. Normally this threat condition will have specific information with regard to the threat.

City Employee

  • Announce threat level Severe and explain anticipated actions. Monitor media and update the general public.
  • Require all employees to wear picture identification while performing their duties.
  • Visually inspect the interior and undercarriage of vehicles entering parking lots at pre-selected sites.
  • Cancel or delay unnecessary employee travel or leave requests.
  • Activate the Emergency Operations Center, Control all information released to public and media.
  • Provide security for personnel dispatched to repair or restore damaged facilities and systems.
  • Assign emergency response personnel and pre-positioning and mobilizing specially trained personnel.
  • Assess risks and possibly close public or government facilities.


  • Report suspicious activities and call 911 for immediate response. Be suspicious of activities around critical facilities.
  • Expect delays, searches of personal items and restricted access (including parking) to public building.
  • Avoid crowded public areas and gatherings or areas affected by the incident.
  • Keep emergency supplies accessible and automobile fuel tank full.
  • Be prepared to evacuate your home or shelter in place on order of local authorities.
  • Assist neighbors who may need help.