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Terrorist threat warning color system

Terrorist threat warning color system

‘Homeland Security Advisory System’ color chart – red, orange, yellow, blue and green. Terrorist threat warning color system

Terrorist threat warning color system
To help the nation respond to terrorist threats, American government officials announced a Terrorist threat warning color system — from green for the least serious threat through blue, yellow, orange, and red for the most severe risk. The system created by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 3 on March 11, 2002, was in response to the September 11 attacks. As expected, journalists, late- night comedians, and cartoonists have had a field day with gallows humor. One called it the “Color Wheel of Terror.” National Terrorism Advisory System is a terrorism threat advisory scale used by the United States Department of Homeland Security since April 26, 2011. On December 16, 2015, Secretary Johnson activated the alert for the first time. New York Times journalist David Martin suggested expanding the number of colors in order to define threats more precisely. He would add turquoise, teal, gray, burnt sienna, magenta, rose, and, finally, black, meaning, “It’s too late for panic. Accept the inevitable.”

Terrorist threat warning color system is best resembled in a famous painting by Mark Rothko “Orange, Red, Yellow (1961). Color Field painting” (sold at Christies for $86,882,500 on May 8, 2012)

Meanwhile, the Terrorist threat warning color system presents in a famous painting by Mark Rothko “Orange, Red, Yellow (1961). Color Field painting” (sold at Christies for $86,882,500 on May 8, 2012)

Inspired by the success of the forest fire color system, the scale consists of five color-coded threat levels, which were intended to reflect the probability of a terrorist attack and its potential gravity.

Terrorist threat warning color system:

Severe (red): severe risk
High (orange): high risk
Elevated (yellow): significant risk
Guarded (blue): general risk
Low (green): low risk

However, called Plan Vigipirate in France, the terrorist threat warning color system is a national system of alerting about the level of the terrorist threat. Established in 1978 by President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the system updated three times: in 1995 (after the terrorist attacks), in 2000 and 2004.

Besides, the system defines four levels of anti-terrorism preparedness, represented by five colors: white, yellow, orange, red, purple. The system provides special security measures, including increased patrols, police patrols or joint police and military, in the subway, train stations and other vulnerable places.

White Level
There is no danger.

Yellow Level
Improved security until ready for real, but is not yet a certain risk through measures that are taken locally, with minimal disrupts of normal life, willing to go to the “orange” or “red” level for several days.

Orange Level
The adoption of credible measures against the danger of terrorist attacks, including the use of means that are moderately disruptive to normal social activities, willing to go to the “red” or “purple” in a short time, where possible.

Red Level
Taking action against the proven risks of one or more terrorist acts, including measures to protect state institutions and implementation of appropriate funds for the rescue and response, allowing a significant level of irregularities in the social and economic activities.

Purple Level
Notice of the risk of major attacks at the same time or at different times, committed with the use of non-conventional resources and causing serious damage; preparation of appropriate means of rescue and response, permitted measures that disturb society very much.

“Color is mysterious, eluding definition; it is a subjective experience, a cerebral sensation depending on three related and essential factors: light, an object, and an observer.”
Enid Verity, Color Observed, 1980.

Statistically, automobiles painted dark red are involved in more fatal accidents than cars of any other color. The color of cars least involved in such accidents? Pale blue. There may be a number of explanations for the fatal-accident record of dark red cars and the safety record of pale blue cars:
• The red color is more difficult to see at night than is pale blue.
• Dark red is a more popular color with young drivers, while pale blue appeals to older, sometimes safer drivers.
• Red is a preferred color for high-powered sports cars, whereas pale blue is more
• Red is a color that is traditionally connected with danger and excitement, therefore perhaps attracting less cautious, more adventurous drivers.

Terrorist threat warning color system

(sources: “Color in Art Design and Nature” by С A Brebbia, Published by WIT Press Southampton, Boston, images