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PORTLAND GOES TO ORANGE ALERT STATUS

December 21, 2003 00:00

  

Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security raised the national threat level from yellow to orange. Orange is the second highest level, with red being the highest. In response to raised national threat level, Mayor Vera Katz has also raised the City of Portland’s threat level from yellow to orange. This was done after consultation with members of the Portland Police Bureau, Portland Fire Bureau, and the Portland Office of Emergency Management.

Mayor Vera Katz wishes to emphasize that no threat has been made particular to Portland or any other American city. “Being vigilant is simply the new reality for all of us after 9/11. I do want to emphasize that, while people should be alert, there is no reason that they should not carry on with their normal holiday activities.”

Mayor Katz said that all city bureaus will take appropriate precautions in response to the heightened threat alert. She is joining the federal Office of Homeland Security in urging citizens in Portland, as elsewhere, to keep their eyes open, to report any suspicious activity to authorities, and to review their own personal emergency plan.

Due to the raised threat level, the Portland Police Bureau will undertake the following actions, effective 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2003. These precautions will be in place until further notice:

- Access to any Police facility will require picture identification. This includes any person who is making deliveries to the facility. - Any person requesting entry into a facility may be subject to search. Any parcels, packages, and bags will be subject to search. - The Justice Center will be operating during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4p.m. Public access to any office or Division within the building is subject to these hours.

“These actions are necessary to enhance the safety and security of citizens and employees visiting and/or working at our police facilities.” said Chief Derrick Foxworth.

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