Homeland Security Advisory System
Previous Threat Level Annoucements
September 17, 2016
Officials probe bombings, stabbings in three U.S. cities in a 12-hour span
Seaside Park, NJ - a pipe bomb exploded inside a plastic garbage can in New Jersey’s Seaside Park at 9:30 a.m.
New York City, NY - a bomb detonated on West 23rd St. in Manhattan at 8:30 p.m., injuring 29.
St. Cloud, Minnesota - knife-wielding man injured eight people at a mall in central Minnesota Saturday evening.
Update Sept. 19: Suspect Ahmad Rahami nabbed in N.Y./N.J. area bombings.
July 22, 2016
9 Dead in Shooting Rampage in Munich, Terror Attack Suspected
Munich, Germany - (Updated July 22, at 10:00 p.m EST) Nine people were killed and 21 others hurt Friday in a shooting rampage at a busy shopping district in Munich. Police searched for attackers, found a man who had killed himself and concluded he was the only gunman, the police chief said. The unidentified gunman was an 18-year-old German-Iranian who had lived in Munich for more than two years, Chief Hubertus Andrae told reporters. No group has claimed responsibility and police have not provided a motive. Authorities said children were among the casualties.
July 14, 2016
Truck Plows Into Crowd in France on Bastille Day
Nice, France - (Updated July 15, at 3:20 p.m EST) At least 84 people dead, 202 injured, of the 52 people in critical condition, 25 remained on life support. Driver fired on crowd in and exchanged gunfire with police, drive shot dead. Truck was loaded with arms and explosives. France has been under a State of National Emergency since the attacks on Paris last November that claimed the lives of nearly 150 people. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the crash, although ISIL and Al Qaeda have been previously linked to terror attacks using vehicles.
June 28, 2016
Istanbul's Ataturk Airport Attack, Suspected ISIS Terror Attack
Istanbul, Turkey - 41 dead, 130 injured, as gunshots, screams and explosions pierced the air Tuesday at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, as three terrorists armed with bombs and guns attacked passengers at one of the world's busiest travel spots.
June 12, 2016
Gunman Killed 49 People And Injured 53 Others Inside Orlando Nightclub
Orlando Florida USA - The assailant was Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American was killed by Orlando police after a three-hour standoff. Mateen swore allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The FBI classified the attack as an act of "domestic terrorism" motivated by "Islamic leanings". Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
March 27, 2016
Taliban's Easter Sunday Bombing Targets Christian in Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan - A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on Easter Sunday, that intentionally targeted Christians. The suicide blast in the eastern Pakistan city of Lahore killed at least 67 people and more than 300 others were injured.
March 22, 2016
Brussels Raises Terrorism Threat To Its Highest Level
A series of deadly terrorist attacks struck Brussels on Tuesday, with two explosions at the city’s main international airport and a third in a subway station at the heart of the city, near the headquarters complex of the European Union.
November 14, 2015
Update: Paris Attacks: Islamic State claims responsibility; French President Francois Hollande decries "act of war"
November 13, 2015
France On High Alert
Update: France declared a state of emergency and sealed its borders Friday evening after a series of apparently coordinated terrorist attacks struck at sites across Paris leaving at least 129 dead and 352 wounded.
PARIS, France - At least 35 people were killed Friday in shootings and explosions around Paris, many of them in a popular concert hall where patrons were taken hostage, police and medical officials said.
July 3, 2015
FBI and Homeland Security on Hightened Alert heading into July 4 weekend
As Americans celebrate the country's 239th birthday, FBI and DHS remain on hightened alert following an increased threat of a terror attack. There is no "specific, credible intelligence" about an attack; only that Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has called for attacks "against members of the military, law enforcement, the U.S. government and the American public."
January 19, 2015
Terror Threat for all Police in Australia raised to High
Australia's domestic security agency has raised the national terrorism threat level for all police to high. The threat level for police moved from medium to high in recognition of the danger they face as first responders and to put it in line with national alert level.
January 16, 2015
Europe on High Alert
UK police on highest ever terror alert after Belgian arrests- Police across Britain have been put on high alert and warned that they may be targeted in terror attacks following the foiled assault on officers in Belgium this week by Islamists with links to Syria. Belgium has raised its terror alert level after two suspected terrorists were killed and a third was arrested during a shootout with police. Germany on high alert following France terrorist attacks France deploys 10,000 troops as terror alert remains high.
January 9, 2015
Update: 3 Hostage Takers Dead
PARIS, France - The French terror suspects are dead at both locations, according to the City Hall of Dammatin and the French ambassador to the U.S..
January 7, 2015
Suspected Islamists kill 12 in Paris attack on satirical weekly
PARIS, France - Hooded, black-clad gunmen burst into the office of provocative French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, killing 12. The attackers appeared well-armed, well-coordinated and, since they escaped onto the streets of Paris, capable of striking again. The tragedy marks France's deadliest terror attack in decades. The government raised its terror alert to the highest level and reinforced security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation.
September 23, 2014
Washington: U.S. Department of Homeland Security joint intelligence bulletin is warning law enforcement agencies to be on heightened alert for lone-wolf terror attacks on U.S. soil in wake of the airstrikes against ISIS and others in Syria.
September 11, 2014
Australia Raises Terror Alert Level
CANBERRA, Australia—The Australian government has raised its terrorism alert level to the second-highest, warning that the first militant attack on home soil was likely as the country prepares to join an international coalition targeting Islamic State insurgents in Syria and Iraq.
August 5, 2013
Washington: Amid online "chatter" about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least until August 11th, the State Department said.
April 15, 2013 2:50 p.m
Boston Massachusetts: (Updated at 9:43 p.m) Three dead, more than 125 injured after two bombs explode at finish line of Boston Marathon.
New York City, Washington D.C. on heightened Terror Alert after Boston bombing. New York City has been operating at an Orange (High) threat level since after September 11, 2001. The U.S. and New York State are operating at a Yellow (Elevated) threat level.
May 1, 2011
Osama bin Laden has been killed. Bin Laden hunted as the mastermind behind the worst-ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil, created and funded the al Qaeda terror network, which was responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
September 10, 2007
The United States government's national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow.
The U.S. threat level is High, or Orange, for all domestic and international flights. Only small amounts of liquids, aerosols and gels are allowed in carry-on baggage. See the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website for up-to-date information on items permitted and prohibited on airlines.
While there continues to be no credible information at this time warning of an imminent threat to the homeland, the department's strategic threat perspective is that we are in a period of increased risk. The National Intelligence Estimate cited heightened activity overseas and we're mindful of the recent arrests in Europe. There has also been an upward trend in propaganda tapes and messages coming from al Qaeda and affiliated networks over the past year.
June 30, 2007
The United States government national threat level is Elevated, or Yellow.
The U.S. threat level is High, or Orange, for all domestic and international flights. Only small amounts of liquids, aerosols and gels are allowed in carry-on baggage.
August 10, 2006
Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Announcing a Change to the Nation’s Threat Level for the Aviation Sector - The Department of Homeland Security is taking immediate steps to increase security measures in the aviation sector in coordination with heightened security precautions in the United Kingdom. For that reason, the United States Government has raised the nation’s threat level to Severe, or Red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the United States. This adjustment reflects the Critical, or highest, alert level that has been implemented in the United Kingdom. To defend further against any remaining threat from this plot, we will also raise the threat level to High, or Orange, for all commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States.
July 7, 2005 (11:45 a.m. EDT)
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced a targeted raise in the threat level. In light of today’s attacks in London, the United States Government is raising the threat level from Code Yellow – or Elevated – to Code Orange – or High – targeted only to the mass transit portion of the transportation sector. This only includes regional and inter-city passenger rail, subways and metropolitan bus systems. We are also asking for increased vigilance in other transportation systems.
August 1, 2004
Advisory - Homeland Security Advisory System Increase to Level ORANGE for Financial Sector in New York City, Washington DC and Northern New Jersey.
May 30, 2003
Advisory - Homeland Security Advisory System Lowered to National Level YELLOW
May 20, 2003
Advisory - Homeland Security Advisory System Increase to National Level ORANGE
April 16, 2003
Advisory - Homeland Security Advisory System Lowered to National Level YELLOW
March 17, 2003
Advisory - National Threat Level Raised, Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge