For someone who flies so very little or travels far outside my comfort zone even less, this subject means very little. The only thing that comes close to this is the similar color codes used at my daughter’s school. Green means that she has been good and red means that she was set to the principal’s office. I applaud the green days and worry much about the red ones but the fact that she’s in kindergarten allows me to not get so involved in this color scheme or worked up behind it.
“The Homeland Security Department is proposing to discontinue the color-coded terror alert system that became a symbol of the country’s post-9/11 jitters and the butt of late-night talk show jokes.” “The 8-year-old system, with its rainbow of five colors – from green, signifying a low threat, to red, meaning severe – became a fixture in airports, in government buildings and on newscasts. Over the past four years, millions of travelers have begun and ended their trips to the sound of airport recordings warning that the threat level is orange.” “The system’s demise would not be the end of terror alerts; instead, the alerts would become more descriptive and not as colorful” “Earlier this year, the department decided the best way forward would be to scrap the colors and use more descriptive language to talk about terror threats .” “The details of the new alert system – including the words that would be used to describe the threats – are still being worked out internally by multiple government agencies and the White House.” “We are committed to providing specific, actionable information based on the latest intelligence,” department spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said.” “An option under consideration is to go from five threat tiers to two: elevated and imminent. Under that model, when the threat level changes to imminent, government officials would be expected to be as specific as possible in describing the threat without jeopardizing national security.” “And an imminent threat would not last longer than a week, meaning the public wouldn’t see a consistently high and ambiguous threat level.” (Sullivan, Eileen, 11/24/2010, Associated Press, Color-coded terror alerts may end, Retrieved from www.news.yahoo.com ).
Whether they keep the color scheme or not is not as important to me as how they dissimulate the information. I would suggest that they use the Emergency Broadcast System (EMS) just in case I have decided to leave my nest and fly. I would love to have been given clear warning before I try and spread my wings which would give me the excuse I need to stay put in my little hole and only poke my head out when it is absolutely necessary.