Natural disasters, such as hurricanes;
Civil disturbances, such as rioting; and
Emergency plans should provide for the protection
of classified material in such a manner as to minimize
the risk of loss of life or injury to personnel.
For destruction, the commands emergency plan
must do the following:
Emphasize procedures and methods of
destruction, including place and destruction
Clearly identify the exact location of all
Prioritize material for destruction; and
Assign personnel by billet, areas of
responsibility for destruction.
When the emergency plan is implemented, priority
of destruction is based on the potential effect on national
security should the material fall into hostile hands.
COMSEC material is destroyed first. The priorities for
emergency destruction are as follows:
FIRST PRIORITY Top Secret COMSEC
material and classified components of
equipment and all other Top Secret material;
SECOND PRIORITY Secret COMSEC
material and all other Secret material;
THIRD PRIORITY Confidential COMSEC
material and all other Confidential material.
After you have destroyed the classified for which
you are responsible, you should destroy any
unclassified equipment that could be of use to an enemy.
You should also destroy pertinent technical, descriptive,
and operating instructions.
In addition to an emergency plan, a plan of action
in the event of fire is also required. As with an
emergency plan, it is important that all comunications
personnel familiarize themselves with their command
fire plan. Normally, the fire plan provides for the
Local fire-fighting apparatus and personnel to
operate the equipment;
Evacuation of the area, including a decision
whether to store classified material or remove it
from the area; and
Admitting outside fire fighters into the area.
Precautionary destruction reduces the amount of
classified material on hand in case emergency
destruction later becomes necessary. Destruction
priorities remain the same during precautionary
destruction. However, when precautionary destruction
is held, material essential to communications must not
be destroyed. For example, communications operating
procedures and publications that are to become
effective in the near future would not be destroyed.
Communications operating procedures that are already
effective, necessary, and being used would also not be
The following actions should be taken daily:
All superseded material should be destroyed in
accordance with its prescribed time frame.
Unneeded material should be returned to the
Material should be stored in such a way as to
make it readily accessible for removal during
Contrary to widespread opinion, there is no security
policy requiring destruction of unclassified messages.
However, some message centers with high volumes of
classified and unclassified message traffic may find it
more efficient to destroy all messages and intermingled
files as though they were classified. Under some
circumstances, units operating in foreign ports or waters
and commands situated in foreign countries may take
additional precautions in disposing of unclassified
This chapter has discussed general security
considerations to provide you with a working
knowledge of this important aspect of your job. As a
Radioman, you have a two-fold job concerning security.
The first, of course, is to properly perform your duties
within general security guidelines. Security guidelines
pertain to everyone in every official capacity. Second,
you must also perform your duties in such a manner as
to protect the integrity and overall value of secure