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DHS National Terrorism Advisory System

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) informs the public and relevant government and private sector partners about potential or actual threats, indicating whether there is an “imminent” or “elevated” threat.  More information can be found on the DHS NTAS website.  

The following guidelines should be considered:

  • Imminent Threat Alert is for very specific threats and may necessitate closing particular child care center(s) or federal building(s) depending on the threat.
  • Threat Alerts will provide detail about the affected area.  GSA does not propose a blanket policy to close all child care centers region-wide or nationwide. If a federal building is open, safe and functioning then the child care center can remain open as well.
  • The child care provider has the responsibility to ensure for the safety and well-being of their staff and the families they serve and they have the ability to make the decision to close.  Consultation with the board of directors or sponsoring agency may be specified in the contract and is recommended.  Closing child care centers for indefinite periods of time could put the program out of business.
  • If a city or building(s) goes to the Imminent Threat Alert and a decision is made to close a building(s) where a child care center is located, then the child care center should be notified that the building is closing and given sufficient time to notify parents and close down the operation.
  • If a city or building(s) goes to the Imminent Threat Alert and a decision is made to close the building(s) where a child care center is located though "essential" employees remain working, the child care center should be notified the building is closing and given sufficient time to notify parents and close down their operation.
  • If a city or building(s) goes to the Imminent Threat Alert and a decision is made NOT to close a specific building where a child care center is located, then the child care center provider should be notified and THEY can decide whether to close or remain open.

If You See Something, Say Something.
Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911.

CONTACTS

Elizabeth Themelis
(440) 546-5491


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