The Squadron utilizes a five-level taxonomy called the EMergency CONdition (EMCON) system to describe the magnitude and severity of emergencies.
The EMCON level is set by the Leader of the Squadron Supreme (currently the Shroud). In the event of the Leader’s death or incapacity, the Deputy Leader of the Squadron Supreme (currently Ink) may set the EMCON level. If both the Leader and Deputy Leader are unable to fulfill their duties, the Leader of any division with the most seniority becomes Interim Leader and (s)he is responsible for setting the EMCON level.
The system prescribes five graduated levels or states of alert which increase in severity from EMCON 5 (least severe) to EMCON 1 (most severe) to match varying situations. Each level defines specific security, defense and response scenarios for every division of the Squadron.
|EMCON 1||AFFLECK||Planetary survival is threatened||All Squadron members are on active duty and deployed in the field|
|EMCON 2||FREEMAN||Survival of a continent or hemisphere is threatened||Reserve members are placed on active duty and instructed to await immediate deployment|
|EMCON 3||HESTON||Survival of a local community or a group of communities is threatened||Off duty members are placed on active duty and instructed to await for immediate deployment|
|EMCON 4||HACKMAN||A potential local, national, international or global threat has been identified||One or more Field Teams of on-duty members are deployed to ascertain the threat|
|EMCON 5||KILMER||Lowest state of alert||Standard patrol and response protocols are in effect|
The Squadron also employs a system of code words and/or color codes to indicate their level of readiness. For instance, the EMCOM indicator on a standard-issue comm-link will glow a certain color (e.g. blue for EMCOM 4) as a visual indication of the current EMCOM level. A code word (e.g. HESTON for EMCOM 3) can also be broadcast to all Squadron members as a verbal indication of the current EMCOM level.