The Buffalo County Board of Supervisors has adopted a county courthouse security manual that uses a color code to assess threats.
A code using yellow and red levels of threat inside the courthouse was designed for protecting personal security, evacuations and routine security procedures.
A yellow alert code for caution would address situations in which something "out-of-the-ordinary" was happening that involved "escalating tension" and "raised voices."
A red alert would signal a "bad situation" involving imminent or occurring verbal or physical threat, possibly life-threatening.
The county sheriff's department is assigned as the primary agency in responding to a threat. In case of a red alert, an alarm would be activated and departments would go into lock-down and instructions to move to safe locations.
Buffalo County Administrative Coordinator Sonya Hansen said it is the 1st security manual implemented at the courthouse......