Homeland Security Ends Color-Coded Threats, Launches New System

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The color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System is due to be replaced in April by a new National Terror Advisory System that will use family-friendly animals to signal terror threat levels, said a Department of Homeland Security source who preferred to remain anonymous.

President George W. Bush established the Homeland Security Advisory System by presidential directive on March 11, 2002, just a few months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. The five levels -- green for low, blue for guarded, yellow for elevated, orange for high and red for severe -- were intended to identify the risk of terrorist attack.

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