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From:Thursday, January 8, 2009 2:00 PM -0900
Subject:DHS&EM 8 January 2009 Situation Report 09-008 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 09-008 (as of 11:00 AM, 8 January 2009)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 1
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)

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

Threat Level Changes
No change.

DHS&EM is monitoring the impact of extremely cold weather statewide. There is no request for state assistance at this time.

Wind Chill Warnings
- Eastern Alaska Range including Mentasta Lake, Black Rapids, Donnelly Dome, Trims Camp, Eagle Trail and Mineral Lake. Wind chill warning now in effect until 12 pm Friday for Mentasta Pass. In Mentasta Pass, wind chills to 65 below are occurring along with northeast winds gusting to 30 mph. These conditions will continue through Friday morning.

- Denali including Healy, Denali National Park, Carlo Creek and Kantishna. Wind chill warning in effect until 12 pm Friday in passes. In passes, local wind chills to 65 below are occurring along with north winds gusting to 30 mph. These conditions will continue through Friday morning.

- Deltana And Tanana Flats, including Salcha, Delta Junction, Fort Greely, Harding/Birch Lake, Dry Creek, Dot Lake and Healy Lake. Wind chill warning in effect until 12 pm Friday. Wind chills to 60 below are occurring along with east winds gusting to 30 mph. These conditions will continue through Friday morning.

Blizzard Warning
Kodiak Island including Kodiak City. Blizzard warning is in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 5 am Friday. A strong low pressure center will skirt south and east of Kodiak Island tonight. Northerly winds with gusts to 50 mph are expected to develop by afternoon and continue through tonight. Snow will increase in intensity through this afternoon and continue through late this evening. The combination of wind and snow will produce blowing snow which will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less.

Winter Storm Warnings
- Glacier Bay-Eastern Chichagof Island
- Salisbury Sound to Cape Fairweather Coastal Area
- Eastern Baranof Island and Southern Admiralty Island
- Juneau Borough and Northern Admiralty Island
- Inner Channels from Kupreanof Island to Etolin Island
Including Gustavus, Hoonah, Elfin Cove, Pelican, Angoon, Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake.
Winter storm warning now in effect until 6 pm Friday. Snow will continue through late Friday afternoon. Snowfalls of 1 to 2 feet with locally higher amounts are expected by Friday afternoon.

- Haines Borough and Lynn Canal including the City of Haines. Winter storm warning now in effect until 6 pm Friday. Breezy north winds combined with cold temperatures are generating wind chill to 35 below zero through Thursday afternoon. The coldest temperatures will be in the Chilkat Valley. Areas of drifting snow along the Haines Highway at times. Exposed skin in the warning area can become frostbitten in 30 minutes. If you must be outdoors, be sure to cover all exposed skin. Snow will continue through Friday afternoon. Snowfall of 1 to 2 feet with locally higher amounts is likely by Friday afternoon.

- Misty Fjords including Hyder. Winter storm warning now in effect from 6 pm this evening to 6 pm Friday. Snow will move into the area by early Thursday evening and continue through Friday morning. Snowfall of 10 to 17 inches or more are expected through Friday afternoon.

- Taiya Inlet and Klondike Highway including Skagway. The winter storm warning is now in effect from midnight tonight to 6 pm Friday. The winter weather advisory is now in effect until midnight tonight. North wind to 30 mph with gusts up to around 50 mph, combined with cold temperatures over the region, will produce wind chill temperatures between 30 below to 50 below zero through Friday morning. Areas of blowing snow will lower visibility below 2 miles at times. Later on, snow will move into the area by this evening and continue through Friday afternoon. Snowfall of 1 foot or more is likely by late Friday afternoon.

Useful link:
  Weather: Current Public and Marine Hazards and Regional News http: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/:
Volcano:  Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
    Complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.
 Oil and Hazardous Substance Releases:  Photographs and spill information "Quick Links: Active Spill Responses":  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 9 January 2009. 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