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Subject:DHS&EM 2 January 2008 Situation Report 08-002 

SITUATION REPORT 08-002 (as of 11:00 AM, January 2, 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)

Rural Alaska Fuel Shortages
The SECC continues to monitor fuel shortages in rural Alaska communities.  Weather is continuing to prevent fuel deliveries to Nikolski, Perryville and Chignik Bay.  The Iliamna Lake communities of Iliamna, Pedro Bay, Kokhanok and Newhalen, as well as the Iliamna-Newhalen-Nondalton Electric Coop did not receive their fuel deliveries due to low water levels in the Kvichak River.  The communities of Nondalton, Egegik and Karluk are also experiencing fuel shortages.  The SECC is continuing to coordinate with the affected communities, the Lake and Peninsula Borough, the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs, the Alaska Energy Authority and the fuel vendors.  The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association keeps the SECC apprised of current fuel delivery status.
Current weather warnings and watches for Alaska can be found at the following National Weather Service web site:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

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

Homeland Security:
Alaska judge backs rejection of Point Thomson plan. The state of Alaska acted properly when it rejected as inadequate a development plan for the long-languishing Point Thomson oil and gas field on the North Slope, a state judge ruled on Thursday. A Superior Court Judge said the Alaska Department of Natural Resources had the right to reject a plan proposed by operator Exxon Mobil Corp and its Point Thomson partners. That 2005 rejection led to the state’s December 2006 revocation of the Point Thomson unit’s leases. But the justice also ordered the department to hold another hearing on how the state should handle Point Thomson leases, giving Exxon Mobil another opportunity to hold onto its acreage. Point Thomson, on the eastern North Slope, holds 8 to 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and hundreds of millions of barrels of liquids, both crude oil and natural gas liquids. It has never produced oil or gas, however, even though some leases in the now-dissolved unit date back to the 1960s.

Conoco Phillips strikes back at Alaska? A Conoco Phillips planned upgrade of a diesel refinery on the North Slope, Alaska, may be one of the first casualties of Alaska’s newly-revised system for taxing the oil industry. The company states the new tax structure destroyed the economics used to justify the upgrade.  Conoco Phillips had committed to upgrading its existing facilities in order to meet mandates of the Federal Clean Air Act.  The refinery, near the Kuparuk field, supplies fuel for North Slope oil operations there and at Prudhoe Bay.
Source: NICC Daily Sector Pulse, 29 Dec 07

Explosives discovered in Suffolk, VA. Local, state and federal agents discovered Saturday afternoon a "significant amount" of military-grade explosives inside a garage in the 6500 Block of Ferry Point Road.  A former Navy SEAL has been taken into custody and is being cooperative in the investigation. The amount of explosives found "is significant enough to do damage" as far as 1/3 mile from the site.  Agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Virginia State Police, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Suffolk Police and Fire and Rescue acted on a tip received Friday.  The investigation is ongoing.
Source: NICC Daily Sector Pulse, 29 Dec 07

Congress postpones passport requirement. Congress has passed a Federal budget that pushes back by a year passport requirements for Americans on the borders of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. A provision of the major end-of-year budget bill pushes back the plan by the Department of Homeland Security that required passports from border crossers from Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean as a way of strengthening national security. The State Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have also reminded American travelers that, as of January 31, 2008, all adult travelers will be required to present proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, and proof of identity, such as a driver’s license, when entering the United States through land and seaports. Currently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers may accept oral declarations of citizenship from U.S. and Canadian citizens seeking entry into the United States through a land or sea border. However, the departments warned that, as of January 31, 2008, “oral declarations of citizenship alone will no longer be accepted.”
Source: December 28, Jamaica Gleaner – http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20071228/lead/ lead5.html

Pacific Rim
Newport, OR-based fishermen promise assistance in event of a tsunami. The owners of more than a dozen commercial fishing boats recently signed agreements that will make their boats and crews available if a tsunami strikes.  The boats have signed an agreement with Lincoln County commissioners to ferry equipment, supplies and food to emergency responders and coastal residents.  Money to reimburse them for their services would come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and channeled through the state and county offices of emergency management.
Source: NICC Daily Sector Pulse, 29 Dec 07

(Nothing to report)

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 AM, January 3, 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.