By Rick Yeager
Following the Monday, March 17 upgrade of the national
threat condition from Yellow to Orange by the Department of Homeland
Security, the Department of Energy (DOE) raised the Security Condition (SECON)
status of their facilities from "SECON-3 modified" to "SECON-2."
SECON Level 2 is an elevated security posture for DOE, and
reflects a heightened need for vigilance in light of recent global events.
DOE SECON status corresponds with the National alert
levels as follows:
National Level Red/SECON Level 1: Severe risk of
terrorist attack or, an attack is in progress.
National Level Orange/SECON Level 2: High risk of
National Level Yellow/SECON Level 3: Significant or
elevated risk of terrorist attack.
National Level Blue/SECON Level 4: Guarded or general
risk of terrorist attack.
National Level Green/SECON Level 5: Low risk of
DOE Headquarters in Washington, D.C. directs the
Laboratory to assume one of the above levels, or to assume a modified
level such as SECON Level 3+, the level that we were at before the recent
upgrade. At each of these levels, SLAC’s Safeguards and Security takes a
series of enhanced security actions.
The most visible changes begin at SECON Level 2 and
involve checking the photo I.D. for all persons in a vehicle and visually
checking the cargo area of all delivery vehicles.
At SECON Level 1, the Laboratory would be closed to public
access so that tours and public events would be cancelled. SECON Level 1
would be similar to the actions that took place at SLAC immediately
following the September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. This
may vary depending on the information received from DOE Headquarters.
At both the Yellow and Orange levels, we are required to
verify the identities of personnel entering the site. SLAC employees,
scientific users and contractors operating vehicles are required to show
their SLAC I.D. Passengers in these vehicles are required to show photo
I.D. during the current Orange (SECON Level 2) level, but not under the
Yellow (SECON Level 3+) level.
All visitors operating a vehicle and all their passengers
in the vehicle are required to show a photo I.D. under both Orange and
At SECON Level 2, the Security Officers at site entrances
will continue to contact a visitor’s SLAC Point-of-Contact to verify the
visit. Therefore your continued assistance in advising the Main Gate of
arriving visitors is appreciated. You can do this by
completing the SLAC Site Entry Authorization form, found under the ‘Site
Entry’ heading at the Safeguards and Security Web site (https://www-internal.slac.stanford.edu/ssec/).
Additionally, Security Officers will visually check
enclosed cargo areas of delivery vehicles entering the Laboratory (all
cargo vehicles at SECON Level 2; selected cargo vehicles at SECON Level
3+). Signage is being prepared for posting at the two entry gates
indicating the current SECON Level to arriving personnel.
All of us need to remain aware and report any suspicious
activities to Security Officers or SLAC Safeguards and Security, Ext.
2551. Please stay alert and supportive of our Safeguards and Security
Officers and staff members during this critical period.
For more information on Safeguards and Security at the
Lab, see: https://www-internal.slac.stanford.edu/ssec/