WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, reacted to updates the Department of Homeland Security has made to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS). The National Terrorism Advisory System was created in 2011 to replace the color-coded alert system that was put in place after 9/11. The system was developed to quickly communicate detailed information about terrorist threats to government agencies, first responders, transportation managers, and the American public. For more information on today’s announcement, please visit: http://www.dhs.gov/news/2015/12/16/update-national-terrorism-advisory-system
“Given the terrorist threats our country faces, it is important for all Americans to continue to embrace the adage, ‘if you see something, say something,’” said Sen. Carper. “Today, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced updates to the National Terrorism Advisory System that will provide more information for Americans to help them to quickly report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Like all national security programs, the National Terrorism Advisory System must be revisited and revised as the threats we face evolve. To that end, the Department must continue to work with community and government partners to make sure we are doing all that we can to keep our families and communities safe. Today’s announcement is a small but needed step in that effort. Our Committee will continue to monitor the system and the implementation of these updated measures."