Out with the five-step, color-coded terror alert system. In with the tweeted warnings. The Associated Press has obtained a draft of the Homeland Security Department’s plan to replace the advisory system. No longer will there be colors and ambigious “elevated” or “guarded”warnings. An alert will either be “elevated” or “imminent.” And the government will relay the warnings via Facebook and Twitter.
The document details how and when an alert should be issued.
The system is to go in place on April 27. The new system calls for more details to be released with each attack, alerting citizens to be on the lookout for specific clues — such as “look for backpacks” — that certainly seems like a step up from the color-coded system.
But if you’re one of the old adherents who enjoyed the five-step rainbow of warning, never fear. I’ve got a new color-coded system that anyone will love. The Wise Bread blog has revealedthat the little tabs at the end of your bread loaf tell you on which day it was baked. Blue: Monday; Green: Tuesday; Red: Thursday; White: Friday; and Yello: Saturday.
Now that’s a great warning system.