are still trying to figure out what it means when the Department
of Homeland Security changes its color-coded threat level, according
to a survey by the National League of Cities.
and towns reacted to the Feb. 7 homeland security orange alert announcement
with increased concern, but 40 percent reported their reaction was
no change, according to a recent NLC survey of 402 cities.
when the National League of Cities surveyed cities after the first
increase to an orange-level alert, 67 percent reported increased
concern, and 33 percent reported no change.
surveyed over the past week, 72 percent said they find the homeland
security alert system to be useful. Twenty-eight percent said it
was not useful.
Also, 66 percent
of the cities and towns said they knew what to do in response to
an orange alert, while 5 percent said they did not know what to
do, and 29 percent said more guidance from the federal government
cities and towns appreciate the information about possible terrorist
threats that the federal government is sharing," said John
DeStefano Jr., NLC president and mayor of New Haven, CT.
real challenge is the ability to assure Americans that when they
punch 9-1-1 on the phone, they will have local police, fire and
other emergency departments that are adequately equipped, trained
and prepared to respond. That need remains unmet 17 months after
the September 11 attacks, and we are still seeking the partnership
and resources from the federal government to make that happen."