RED CROSS HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISORY SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS, FAMILIES, NEIGHBORHOODS, SCHOOLS, AND BUSINESSES
General explanations are given by the government for preparedness activities in the event of terrorist attack, but
these are intended mainly for government agencies. Across the country questions of "What does a condition 'yellow' mean to me or my family? or What does this mean to a
business or school?" remain. The American Red Cross recognized the need and developed a complementary set of guidelines.
The White House issued Homeland Security Directive-3, in March 2002, which established five threat conditions for
possible terrorist attack: Green = Low; Blue = Guarded; Yellow = Elevated; Orange = High; and Red = Severe.
General explanations were given for preparedness activities for each level, but
these were intended mainly for government agencies. Across the country questions of "What does a condition 'yellow' mean to me or my family? or What does this
mean to a business or school?" remained. The American Red Cross recognized the need and developed a complementary set of guidelines for the following areas:
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Additional Materials and Resources for Use with the Homeland Security Advisory System and American Red Cross Recommendations
- Terrorism: Preparing for the Unexpected (S) (pdf)
- Fact Sheet on Rolling Blackouts (S)(pdf)
- Family Disaster Planning (S)(pdf)
- Children and Disasters (S)
- Special Needs (pdf)
- Animal Safety
- Financial Preparedness
- Business and Industry Guide
- Preparing Your Business for the Unthinkable (pdf)
- How Do I Deal with My Feelings? (pdf)
Brochure for adults. Disasters create an abrupt change in reality. Following
the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, for thousands and thousands of people, reality now includes the loss of loved ones—spouses,
significant others, children, other relatives, friends, and neighbors. This brochure covers how to deal with feelings of loss, anger, and gives tips on how to recover.
- Helping Young Children Cope with Trauma (S) (pdf)
Concise, straight forward, age-appropriate information describes reaction of
children to the trauma of disaster. Suggests ways the adults around them can help them to recover. Includes a section on when to seek professional
help. Covers reactions of children ages 2-18. Designed for parents and care givers.
- When Bad Things Happen (S) (pdf)
Brochure provides sensitive answers to the difficult questions people have
after experiencing disasters caused by other humans, like terrorism. Suggests ways to put such events in perspective. Designed for middle school/junior high school students.
- Why Do I Feel Like This? (S) (pdf)
Information about emotional and physical reactions experienced following a disaster resulting from the intentional action of humans, such as terrorism. Designed for high school students.
CLICK HERE for additional American Red Cross materials dealing with terrorism and unexpected events. Or CLICK HERE to view the American Red Cross's online
"Community Disaster Education" publications.
- American Red Chapters can provide these materials and others at no cost or a nominal fee, depending on the item
- Items with an (S) are available in Spanish
- Many of the items listed on the public website are available in Spanish and
other languages and available to be ordered in brochure form
- The materials listed in this document are not meant to be the sole source of preparedness information for the American public
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