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US Updates National Terrorism Advisory System
   2015-12-17 19:48:16    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Yang Tiantian

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson discusses the updates to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Response Coordination Center in Washington. Johnson announced changes to the government's terror advisory system. Color-coded alerts, put in place after the 9/11 attacks, were replaced in 2011. The current system includes "elevated" and "imminent" levels. [Photo: ImagineChina]

The US has updated its National Terrorism Advisory System to warn its citizens about public security risks.

The Department of Homeland Security will now add bulletins as a form of advisory.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday announced the update.

"This is general information for the public about the current threat environment, what we see, additional details, what your government is doing about it, and how the public can help. With today's announcement we are also issuing an actual and task bulletin. The duration for this bulletin, and these bulletins should have a duration, will be six months to June 16, 2016 from today."

The first bulletin can be seen on the department's website. It gives a summary of security risks facing the US currently, without reporting on any specific threats.

The advisory system has been in place since 2011. It previously had two advisory levels ĘC an elevated alert, which warns of a credible threat of an attack, along with an imminent alert, which warns of a credible, specific and impending threat.
The system has yet to issue an actual alert.

Homeland Security said the new update has been planned for months, and was not related to recent attacks in and outside of the US.

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