The Stage of Alert refers to the time period leading up to a disaster or terrorism event, usually defined by warnings disseminated by the federal government about increased risk of a disaster or terrorism situation. The general consensus was the need for more accurate information from appropriate governmental agencies to the public about specific impending threats, to ensure better coping. The purpose of providing this information to the public is to avoid panic or inertia, and to encourage normal adaptive reactions. It is important for people in positions of leadership to realize that past experiences have shown that panic has not occurred if people were given accurate information about the anticipated threat and specific guidelines about what to do.
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