Emergency alerts: A guide for understanding Delaware's color-coded system
Blue, gold and amber are more than pleasing colors, they deliver important messages.
The hues are part of an alert system issued by Delaware law enforcement to notify the public of an ongoing incident giving the community some warning and an ability to assist with tips and leads.
Some of these have become national alert systems, while others are contained to states.
Here are alerts put out by law enforcement:
An Amber Alert is issued when a child has been abducted and is at risk of serious injury or death. Law enforcement agencies send descriptions of the missing children, their abductors or other information to broadcasters. The alerts also show up on electronic highway signs.
While the name stands for America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response it was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was abducted and killed in Texas in 1996. The slaying remains unsolved.
Blue alert is activated when a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured by a person who remains at large and may be a threat to the public.
Gold alerts are issued when a law enforcement agency receives notice that a senior citizen, a suicidal person or a person with a disability is missing.
Silver alerts – used by some surrounding states, but not Delaware – tend to be issued for missing senior citizens with dementia or other mental disabilities. Maryland and New Jersey use these alerts.
Green alerts, which became law in Delaware in August 2018, are issued when a missing member of the armed forces, including veterans, has a physical or mental health condition that is related to their service.
There are other color alerts issued in Delaware, just not by law enforcement.
Code Purple is declared across the state by nonprofit and volunteer organizations that operate shelters to keep people who are homeless safe during dangerous winter weather.
When severe snowstorms or sub-zero temperatures are forecast in Delaware, these organizations open up additional beds and warm shelter spaces beyond the year-round shelter beds available.
Although not alerts, the federal Environmental Protection Agency's air quality index comes in colorful levels of health concerns:
Green for good.
Yellow for moderate.
Orange for unhealthy for sensitive groups.
Red for unhealthy.
Purple for very unhealthy.
Maroon for hazardous.
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