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From:Tuesday, April 1, 2008 12:52 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 1 April 2008 Situation Report 08-092 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-092 (as of 11:00 AM, April 1, 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level – Level I – Low.
Military installations in Alaska are at FPCON A.
State of Alaska Cyber Security Alert Level: Guarded
World Health Organization Pandemic Phase - Phase 3: No or very limited human-to-human transmission (An Influenza Pandemic situation report, which contains an explanation of the WHO Pandemic Phases, is attached to this situation report and updated every Tuesday)

Threat Level Changes
No change.

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics)

Mekoryuk Water Shortage
On March 28, DHS&EM Operations Section received a letter from the City of Merkoryuk requesting State Assistance for the use linen hose and pumps for temporary use to fill their water tank.  We are working with DNR, Division of Forestry to fill this request.

High Wind Warning
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a high wind warning for Anchorage including the cities of Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian and Eklutna which is in effect until 4 pm this afternoon. Southeast winds 50 to 65 mph with gusts to 75 mph will persist along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations through the afternoon, then begin to decrease this evening.

Winter Storm Warning
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued winter storm warning for the following:

- Lower Kobuk and Noatak Valleys including Noatak, Kiana and Red Dog Mine. A winter storm warning remain in effect until 7 pm this evening.  An area of low pressure near Saint Lawrence Island will lift north through the Bering Strait this afternoon. The storm will bring a mix of snow and freezing rain to the area today. Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible with the highest snowfall totals at elevations above 1000 feet. Ice accumulations of up to a quarter of an inch are also possible.

- Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula including Buckland, Deering, Candle, Council, Haycock, Pilgrim Springs, Serpentine Hot Springs and Taylor. A winter storm warning remain in effect until 7 pm this evening. A storm system near Saint Lawrence Island will move up through the Bering Strait this afternoon. 4 to 8 inches of new snow is expected by this evening. The heaviest snow will be in the highlands above the 1000 foot level. The snow may change to freezing rain at times and at elevations below 1000 feet, snow may change to rain at times. Where the precipitation falls in the form of freezing rain up to a quarter of an inch of ice may accumulate.

- Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills including Unalakleet, Stebbins, St Michael, Elim, Koyuk and Shaktoolik. A winter storm warning remain in effect until 7 pm this evening. Low pressure near Saint Lawrence Island will track through the Bering Strait this afternoon. Periods of rain and snow will fall today with mostly snow at elevations above 1000 feet. Additional snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible at elevations above 1000 feet. Up to a quarter of an inch of ice is also possible especially in some of the inland valleys.

- Chukchi Sea Coast including Point Hope, Shishmaref, Kivalina and Espenberg. A winter storm warning remain in effect until 7 pm this evening. Low pressure near Saint Lawrence Island will track through the Bering Strait this afternoon. Periods of snow will fall today. The snow may change to freezing rain in spots especially along the Bering Strait coast. Additional snow accumulations of up to 4 inches are possible with ice accumulation of up to a quarter of an inch in spots where there is a changeover to freezing rain.

Rural Alaska Fuel Shortages
DHS&EM Operations continues to monitor fuel status in our western Alaska communities.

Current weather warnings and watches for Alaska can be found at the following National Weather Service web site:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

Alaska Volcano Information:  Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/

DOT&PF Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or by calling 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 AM, April 2, 2008. A significant change in the situation or the threat level will prompt an interim report. Please direct questions regarding this report to the SECC at 907-428-7100 or secc@ak-prepared.com.

How to reach the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Phone the State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) by dialing (907) 428-7100 or 1-800-478-2337, 24 hours per day.  Information on emergency topics is available on the Division's web site at http://www.ak-prepared.com.  Homeland Security information may be found at http://www.ak-prepared.com/homelandsecurity/

How to reach the Division of Administration – State Cyber Security Program:  If you have questions you may contact Darrell Davis, State Computer Security Officer darrel.davis@Alaska.gov.

For further information:
Being prepared: Ready.gov
Countries:              U.S. State Department Background Notes.
Maps:           United Nations Cartographic Section
                University of Texas Library Map Section.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf