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In accordance with the federal government's decision Sunday to raise the domestic threat level, Governor Ruth Ann Minner, in consultation with Homeland Security Advisor Philip Cabaud and Safety and Homeland Security Secretary James Ford, raised the Delaware Homeland Security Threat Level to "High" or Orange as well.
"In our briefings with Secretary Ridge and federal homeland security officials today, there have been no suggestions of any specific threat to Delaware, but all of our citizens, communities and facilities are encouraged to increase vigilance and take appropriate security measures," Gov. Minner said Sunday afternoon. "We do not want people to disrupt their plans, especially at the holidays. But I ask all Delawareans to be aware of their surroundings, to take extra security precautions and to prepare for the possibility of attacks on America."
Gov. Minner said appropriate alerts were issued early Sunday afternoon to Delaware law enforcement and emergency agencies, companies and facilities by Cabaud and Ford.
The Delaware Homeland Security Threat Level recommends that at Level Orange:
A full list of recommended actions for can be found by going online to http://www.state.de.us/dema and clicking on "Preparing for the Threat of Terrorism."
The last time Delaware raised its terror threat warning level to orange was on May 20.
On Sunday, December 21, the nation's threat level was raised from elevated risk ("yellow") to high risk ("orange"), the second highest level of the Homeland Security Advisory System. The change was prompted by a belief on the part of the Department of Homeland Security that terrorists may attempt to attack the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security is taking measures across the country to raise preparedness to their highest levels. This includes increased security at U.S. borders and in the transportation, oil and food industries, as well as the mobilization of response and recovery teams across the nation.
At this time, public health officials are urged to be fully prepared to respond to terrorist attacks. Specific Public Health activities prudent at this time include:
HHS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are providing information to assist the public health community in increasing their level of preparedness for different threat agents. Information on threat agents is available at the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov. General information about the health effects of terrorism threat agents is available at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/ and http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov
CDC will provide additional information as it is available. For questions, technical assistance, or to report an event, please contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center - which is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day - at 770-488-7100.