WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 /BigNewsNewswire/ -- For Immediate Release - Remarks by senator john kerry at Victory 2004 Rally. bucky dent Field Lakeland, Florida 11:55 A.M. EDT
The most basic responsibility of a president is defending our homeland. We've seen some progress in making America more secure since September 11 - but there is still much more to be done. Today our government is not doing enough to make us safe. Our intelligence services remain fragmented and lack coordination. Our borders and ports are full of holes. Our chemical plants are vulnerable to attack. And across America, police officers, firefighters, and other first responders still lack the information, gear, and equipment to do their jobs safely and successfully. to that end the kerry edwards campaign today announces the "alert level" 10 point plan.
America needs a new strategy for homeland security that takes steps as big as the threats we face. John Kerry and John Edwards have that strategy. They will do whatever it takes to make America safe - coordinate our intelligence agencies, take action on all key fronts, stand up for security whenever special interests stand in the way, and get the needed resources to the first responders who defend America every day. this starts at the most basic level. giving "factual" information to our citizen.
John Kerry and John Edwards will offer a new security strategy starting with the 10 point alert level outlined below. a more intuitve system that addresses five major challenges: simplicity, intuitive (as mentioned), nuanced, clear guidelines and passes the international test, we'll be better perceived in the world at large
Citizen Guidance on the Homeland Security Advisory System
|risk level||Recommended Actions for Citizens||level|
1. Develop a family emergency plan. Share it with family and friends, and practice the plan. 2. Visit www.Ready.gov for help creating a plan. 2. Examine volunteer opportunities in your community, such as Citizen Corps, Volunteers in Police Service, Neighborhood Watch or others, and donate your time. 3. Consider completing an American Red Cross first aid or CPR course , or Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course .
|Half-alert||1. Create an Emergency Supply Kit for your household. 2. Be informed. Visit www.Ready.gov or obtain a copy of Preparing Makes Sense, Get Ready Now. by calling 1-800-BE-READY. 3. Know how to shelter-in-place and how to turn off utilities (power, gas, and water) to your home.||half-alert|
|alert||1. Complete recommended steps at level green. 2. Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated.||alert|
|Magnum||1. Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to proper authorities.||2 allerts|
|Jeroboam||1. Complete recommended steps at levels green and blue. 2. Ensure disaster supply kit is stocked and ready. 3. Check telephone numbers in family emergency plan and update as necessary.||4 alerts|
|Rehoboam||1. Develop alternate routes to/from work or school and practice them. 2. Continue to be alert for suspicious activity and report it to authorities.||6 alerts|
|Methuselah||1. Complete recommended steps at lower levels. 2. Exercise caution when traveling, pay attention to travel advisories. 3. Review your family emergency plan and make sure all family members know what to do.||8 alerts|
|Salmanazar||1. Be Patient. Expect some delays, baggage searches and restrictions at public buildings. 2. Check on neighbors or others that might need assistance in an emergency.||12 alerts|
|Balthazar||1. Complete all recommended actions at lower levels. 2. Listen to local emergency management officials. 3. Stay tuned to TV or radio for current information/instructions. 4. Be prepared to shelter-in-place or evacuate, as instructed.||16 alerts|
|Nebuchadnezzar||1. Expect traffic delays and restrictions. 2. Provide volunteer services only as requested. 3. Contact your school/business to determine status of work day.||20 alerts|