Boyle County Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator Leonard Shepperson doesn't use high-tech jargon when discussing what an elevation in the terrorist alert status means to him.
"We basically just look for something or someone sitting somewhere they shouldn't be," said Shepperson.
Shepperson and other local emergency services personnel began looking for people and things "where they shouldn't be" over the weekend when Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that the nation's terror alert status had been elevated to orange, the second highest in the color-coded system. Red is the highest.
Shepperson said he was notified of the change to the orange alert status by an e-mail from the state Emergency Management headquarters in Frankfort. He then passed on the notification to the heads of all local emergency agencies, including the county sheriff's department, the emergency medical services agency, the three local police chiefs, and city and county fire departments. Most of them also received separate notifications.