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From:Thursday, March 5, 2009 1:54 PM -0900
Subject:DHS&EM 5 March 2009 Situation Report 09-064 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 09-064 (as of 11:00 AM, 5 March 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.)

Travel Advisory

The Alaska DOT&PF has issued the following:
Dalton Highway, Milepost 284-415
A travel advisory has been issued for Milepost 284 through 415 of the Dalton Highway due to high winds, drifting and blowing snow and low visibility.  Expect delays as some sections are down to one lane.  Drive with extreme caution and watch for equipments and crews out on the road.  This advisory is in effect for the next 48 hours.

Elliott Highway, Milepost 89 - 106      
Motorists are advised to use caution when traveling on the Elliott Highway between MP89 and MP106 due to drifting and blowing snow and reduced visibility.  Crews will be working until late afternoon. Travel through this area is not recommended between 5:00pm and 9:00am.
Fairbanks District Roadways
Travel in the Fairbanks and surrounding areas is not advised unless necessary.   With snow accumulation and snow continuing to fall, roads conditions are difficult.  Use caution when traveling, reduce speeds.  Watch for equipment and crews working on clearing the roadways.  Updates will be issued as conditions change.  

Weather Warnings
Long Term forecast from the National Weather Service in Anchorage
Surface high pressure builds across the interior ahead of another strong system in the Bering Sea.  The possibility exists of strong winds creating blizzard conditions in the Western Aleutians on the back side of this system for Saturday, with strong southerly flow developing in the Eastern Aleutians and Southwest Alaska as a tightening pressure gradient will exist between the high over the mainland and the low in the Aleutians and Bering Sea.

Winter Storm Warnings
Susitna Valley -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 4 pm this afternoon
Chukchi Sea Coast -- winter storm warning now in effect until 9 pm this evening
Lower Kobuk and Noatak Valleys -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday
Baldwin Peninsula and Selawik Valley -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday
Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula -- winter storm warning now in effect until 9 pm this evening
Southern Seward Peninsula Coast -- winter storm warning now in effect until 9 pm this evening
Eastern Norton Sound - Nulato Hills -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday
Yukon Delta -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 pm this evening
Lower Yukon Valley -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon
Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon
Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday
Southern Slopes of the Eastern Brooks Range -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday for areas west of Chandalar Lake
Middle Tanana Valley -- winter storm warning in effect until 9 pm this evening

Blizzard Warnings
Western Arctic Coast -- blizzard warning remains in effect until midnight tonight
Northern Slopes of the Brooks Range from the Colville River Westward -- blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon through mountain passes
Northern Slopes of the Brooks Range East of the Colville River  -- blizzard warning remains in effect until midnight tonight
St. Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast -- blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday

Alaska Volcanoes
Alaska Volcano Observatory Current Status Report, 5 Mar 09, 11:29 AM

Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. No eruption has occurred. Seismicity continues to be dominated by small discrete earthquakes. There have not been any significant earthquake swarms in the past 24 hours.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Seismic activity has declined over the past 24 hours. No significant tremor bursts have occurred since yesterday afternoon.

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

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 6 March 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