Put Homeland Security Color-Coded Warnings On Diet: Experts – NPR

In Washington, it takes a village to raise a terror alert.

Actually it was a committee, not a village. And it wasn’t raising the terror alert as much as raising concerns about the parti-colored warning scale that the Homeland Security Department introduced in 2002.

The committee, which included various experts on protecting the nation were asked by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to recommend changes Tuesday to the warning system.

The most concrete change they recommended? Reduce the number of warning levels from five to three. That should be relatively easy the members of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) said because the nation’s new baseline should be the “guarded level,” meaning you could take off the bottom (low threat) and top (severe threat) of the current levels.