Readiness Alerts and Codes System

RACS

Written by Sierra Brown.

 

Standard procedure, readiness, and alerts doctrine for emergency situations aboard United Arshan Federation facilities and ships.

 
 
DRAFT

This article is currently a draft and a work in progress. Everything contained within is incomplete and subject to change.

 
 

Within the United Arshan Federation, a standardized and regulated Readiness Alerts and Codes System (RACS) is utilized across nearly every facility, station, and vessel. This system takes the form of standard operating procedure coupled with 'code' and 'alert' specific doctrines that are enacted whenever declared by the relevant ranking personnel.

 

Following current doctrine, facility RACS reports have two components - A color indicating the type of alert/code, and a signaller indicating whether the facility is under an alert or code. Under the same doctrine, a 'code' is active readiness for a potential emergency or, in the case of 'Code White', standard non-emergency operation. An 'alert' indicates a currently active emergency within the designated area.

 

Alerts and codes are localized to specific areas in larger facilities - I.e., on a battlecarrier, each deck maintains its own RACS status, while the ship itself will maintain a global RACS code equivalent to the highest priority alert currently in effect. This system ensures that while a specific part of a facility is under an emergency alert, the remainder can continue operating under a heightened readiness condition.

 

A facility may declare multiple codes and alerts if multiple emergencies are ongoing at the same time

 

RACS Categories

RACS statuses are divided into a number of color coded categories intended to give a quick summary of what has the facility under an alert or code, and which alert/code doctrine is to be followed by that facility's personnel. RACS doctrine defines five main categories: White, Red, Green, Violet, and Amber. Additional categories are also defined such as Yellow and Blue, but these only apply to or have different meanings for specific groups, vessels, or other types of facilities.

 

White All Clear/Standard Operation

A facility that reports code white indicates no known issues or cause for alarm within or around the facility or ship. This is also considered standard operation. There is no official 'White Alert' variant as code white indicates the lack of emergency status. However, there have been proposals of using a white alert to indicate training excercises are in effect.

 

As code white indicates standard operation and an 'all-clear' status, there are no special protocols for operating under this status.

 

Red Security

A facility under red alert is, typically, dealing with hostile or unauthorized intruders, traitorous personnel, or activity indicating enemies of the Federation are within the facility such as sabotage or the discovery of bodies. Federation doctrine states that if any part of a facility declared red alert, the entire facility must declare code red and be on guard for signs of further intrusion or hostile activity within the facility. Under red alert, the facility or area falls under the command of ranking security personnel.

 

Depending on the perceived risks or actions already taken by hostiles, an Amber or Green Code may accompany a Red Alert, indicating engineering or medical responders need to be on standby.

 

Security personnel are exempt from Red Alert restrictions.

 

Example Situations

  • Intruders and/or hostile personnel, both identified and unidentified
  • Unauthorized personnel in secure areas, both identified and unidentified
  • Sabotage, tampering, and other clear evidence of an intruder or traitor
  • Severe and hostile criminal activity such as murder or assault
 

Code Protocols

  • Secure areas undergo lockdown with security-only override.
  • High-value personnel are under constant armed escort, or evacuated to areas not under code red.
  • Access ways to areas under red alert are sealed and guarded.
  • Non-security personnel are to remain in their designated work areas.
  • All methods of inter-facility travel and entrance/exits in the area are under increased guard.

Alert Protocols

  • All areas undergo lockdown with security-only override.
  • Non-security personnel are evacuated from the area.
  • Areas which cannot be safely evacuated are maintained under guard.
  • Security personnel are on constant lookout and are authorized to engage any threats.
  • The entire facility must declare a code red if an alert only covers a specific area.
  • General Quarters may be initiated at the ranking personnel's order.
  • All methods of inter-facility travel and entrances/exits in the area are to be fully locked down.

 

Green Medical - Injury

A green status indicates some form of medical or potential medical emergency. Green Alerts cause authority of the facility or area to be shifted to on-site medical personnel to facilitate cooperation with medical responders. Generally, any location that is under a Red or Amber Alert is automatically considered under Code Green.

 

Medical personnel are exempt from Green Alert restrictions.

 

Example Situations

  • Mass-casualty situations or the risk of such.
  • Severe injury to personnel, or the risk of such outside of the normal risks associated with their duties, including non-standard active combat.
  • Mass exposure of radiation, or the risk of such, typically coupled with Amber Alerts.
 

Code Protocols

  • Personnel are restricted to their designated work areas to clear pathways for medical responders.
  • Command staff are to provide regular headcounts and medical status reports of units under their command.
  • Medical response teams are to remain on standby in pre-designated locations.

Alert Protocols

  • Medical access overrides are enabled.
  • Adjacent areas or facilities must declare an equivalent code green.
  • If the alert is radiation related, all personnel present or whom have been present in the area at any point during alert must report to medical for screening.

 

Violet Medical - Viral/Biological

Violet statuses indicate the threat of a viral pathogen, or a 'non-tangible biological threat' present within or near the facility. Violet statuses are separate from Green due to the need for additional security measures to maintain containment of the medical hazards in such emergencies.

 

Medical and Security personnel whom are cleared by the Medical ROIC as uninfected are exempt from Violet Alert restrictions. Command of areas under Violet Alert defers to the Medical ROIC.

Following the incident at Zavos VII, Violet was recently amended to place joint authority under both the Medical ROIC and Security ROIC, and quarantine breaches are met with immediate lethal force.

 

Example Situations

  • Viral outbreak or risk of viral outbreak.
  • Non-tangible biological threat, or the risk of such.
 

Code Protocols

  • All Code Green and Code Red protocols take effect.
  • Usage of internals is recommended if available to mitigate spread of airborne contagions.
  • Any signs of infection are to be immediately reported to medical personnel.
  • Personnel breaching a nearby quarantine zone are to be shot on sight and reported and the breached area is to enter an immediate Violet Alert.

Alert Protocols

  • All Red Alert and Green Alert protocols take effect with the exception of access overrides, of which only the Medical and Security ROICs gain.
  • Personnel are forbidden from entering or leaving areas without explicit approval from the Medical ROIC.
  • Security forces may be authorized to fire on personnel violating quarantine for especially dangerous viral or biological threats.
  • Usage of sterile equipment and internals, if available, is mandatory for all personnel.
  • All personnel present or whom have been present in the area at any point during alert must report to medical for screening.

 

Amber Engineering

 

Yellow Combat

 

Blue Engineering - Hull Breach/Decompression

Appendices

Appendix A: Related Articles   Appendix B: Glossary of Terms & Definitions

General Quarters

The arming of all available personnel, making them combat-ready and foregoing any other duties these personnel may have had under standard operation.

Non-Tangible Biological Threat

Life which is harmful to humans, but small enough to be an internal bodily threat. Includes parasites and non-viral organisms.

R.O.I.C.

An acronym commonly used in the United Arshan Federation, standing for 'Ranking Officer In Charge'. The ROIC is the highest ranking personnel currently present and the de-facto command in the absence of a commander and sub-commander, or as defined during an alert under RACS.

Internals

A common Sionian slang term that has found its way into Arshan and Latus Common. 'Internals' generally refers to oxygen tanks and masks, normally used for atmospheric decompression or space walks.



Cover image: by Sierra Brown

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