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Low Risk of Terrorist Attacks
  1. If not already done, develop written emergency plan to address all hazards including plans to maintain the safety of students, staff, and faculty, as well as an emergency communication plan to notify parents in times of emergency.
  2. Train personnel on HSAS and specific departmental or agency protective measures
  3. Refine and exercise appropriate, preplanned protective measures.
  4. Institutionalize a process to assure that all facilities and regulated areas are regularly assessed for vulnerabilities to terrorist attacks, and all reasonable measures are taken to mitigate these vulnerabilities.
  5. Ensure routine security measures are in place and functioning
  6. Review duties and responsibilities of crisis team members.
  7. Develop a communications plan to notify employees at site, at satellite locations, or away from the office.
  8. Develop a business continuity plan or operations plan to include designating alternate work locations.
  9. Assess and update crisis plans and procedures.
  10. Train staff and employees on terrorism / security awareness.
  11. Plan for offsite storage of electronic files.

Guarded
General risk of terrorist attacks.

Take all actions from the previous threat level, plus:
  1. Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
  2. Conduct safety training / emergency drills following school's written emergency plan for all grades.
  3. Check communications with designated emergency response or command locations, ensure emergency communications plan is updated, and needed equipment is purchased.
  4. Provide the public with any information that would strengthen its ability to act appropriately.
  5. Review and upgrade plans and procedures.
  6. Review emergency communications plan.
  7. Inventory, test, and repair communications equipment.
  8. Inventory and restock emergency supplies.
  9. Conduct crisis training and drills.
  10. Ensure that each department is familiar with their assigned responsibilities during a disaster and are prepared to respond.

Elevated
Significant risk of terrorist attacks.

Take all actions from the previous threat levels, plus:
  1. Announce threat level to all employees and explain expected actions.
  2. Inspect facilities and grounds for suspicious activities.
  3. Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
  4. Increase surveillance of critical locations.
  5. Coordinate emergency plans with nearby jurisdictions as appropriate.
  6. Assess whether the precise characteristics of the threat require further refinement of preplanned protective measures.
  7. Implement, as appropriate, contingency and emergency response plans.
  8. Ensure emergency supplies are stocked and ready.
  9. Review crisis response plans with key staff.
  10. Test alternative communication capabilities.
  11. Restrict vehicle parking close to the buildings.
  12. Inspect intrusion detection systems and lighting, security fencing, and locking systems.
  13. Inspect all deliveries and consider accepting shipments only at off-site locations.
  14. Contact private security firm for security risk assessment and to determine availability of support/ reinforcement.
  15. Monitor world and local events, and pass on credible threat intelligence to key personnel.
  16. Place emergency response teams on notice.

High
High risk of terrorist attacks.

Take all actions from previous levels, plus:
  1. Announce threat level to all employees and explain expected actions.
  2. Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
  3. Coordinate necessary security efforts with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and other appropriate organizations.
  4. Ensure all levels of personnel are notified via briefings, email, voice mail, and signage of any changes in threat conditions and protective measures..
  5. Prepare to execute contingency procedures, such as moving to an alternate site or dispersing the workforce.
  6. Review policies for restricting access to critical facilities and infrastructure, and restrict threatened facility access to essential personnel only.
  7. Assess facility security measures.
  8. Place crisis response teams on standby alert status.
  9. Control building entrances to prevent unauthorized personnel from entering.
  10. Conduct periodic inspections of building facilities and HVAC systems for potential indicators / irregularities.
  11. Ensure security personnel are alerted and that security systems are functioning properly.
  12. Increase visibility in and around perimeters by increasing lighting and removing / trimming vegetation.
  13. Implement stringent identification procedures to include conducting a "hands-on" check of security badges for all personnel, if badges are required.
  14. Take steps to ensure the security of all computer and electronic communications systems.
  15. Monitor news reports and communicate regularly with employees regarding threat level and actions to be taken.
  16. Rearrange exterior vehicle barriers to alter traffic patterns near facilities.
  17. Arrange for increased law enforcement patrols.
  18. Require identification, sign-in, and escorts for visitors.
  19. Initiate procedures to enhance mail and package screening.
  20. Encourage personnel to take notice and report any suspicious packages, devices, unattended briefcases, or other unusual materials immediately; inform them not to handle or attempt to move any such object.
  21. Encourage personnel to keep their family members and supervisors apprised of their whereabouts.
  22. Ensure personnel know the location of emergency exits and stairwells and rally points to ensure safe egress of all employees.

Severe
Severe risk of terrorist attacks.

Take all actions from previous threat levels, plus:
  1. Announce threat level to all employees and explain expected actions.
  2. Listen to TV / radio for current information / instructions.
  3. Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.
  4. 100% identification check (i.e., drivers licenses retained at front office) and escort of anyone entering facility other than staff and employees.
  5. Increase or redirect personnel to address critical emergency needs.
  6. Assign emergency response personnel and pre-position and mobilize specially trained teams or resources.
  7. Review and prepare to activate emergency preparedness or crisis plan.
  8. Restrict plant access to essential personnel.
  9. Frequently check building exteriors and parking areas.
  10. Have appropriate media material on hand.
  11. Contact vendors and suppliers to confirm their emergency response plan preparedness.
  12. Take steps to ensure the security of all computer and electronics communications systems , to include possible off-site storage.
  13. Increase security patrol activity to the maximum level sustainable.