In response to arrests in Great Britain involving a plot to destroy multiple aircraft flying from Britain to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security raised the threat level to "severe" (red) for these flights in the summer of 2006. In September 2006, the threat level for all flights was set to "high" (orange), and the Transportation Safety Administration adjusted its ban on liquids, gels, and aerosols in carry-on luggage. The University has standing procedures on how to respond to changes in alert levels at the local level.
The National Terrorism Advisory System has since replaced the color-code system. Details are found at www.dhs.gov/files/programs/ntas.shtm.
Except in times of extreme threat. the government does not suggest that individuals change their habits, but simply that they maintain a heightened awareness of surroundings and have plans in place for any interruptions in normal activities (much as one might have, say, for adverse weather, fires, or power outages). Reference guides on such plans can be found at the Red Cross Web site or the Federal Emergency Management Agency site. You may also want to consult the University's own Emergency Information page at http://www.rochester.edu/working/emergency/ for University-specific information.
The University stays abreast of government reports, and, on a routine basis, makes sure that its emergency plans across the divisions are current and ready to implement. We also constantly review our general security procedures to make sure that they fully meet the demands for campus safety.
We ask the University community's continuing cooperation in staying alert to any suspicious activity. Your cooperation is appreciated.