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SITUATION REPORT 08-004 (as of 11:00 AM, January 4, 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 by barge to Nikolski, Perryville, Chignik Bay and Karluk.  The SECC is continuing to coordinate with the Lake and Peninsula and Kodiak Island Boroughs, the Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs, the Alaska Energy Authority, the affected communities, and the fuel vendors.  The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association keeps the SECC apprised of current fuel delivery status for Nikolski.
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:
Nothing to report

Louisiana oysters contaminated with norovirus, FDA warns. The Food and Drug Administration warned consumers Saturday against eating oysters harvested from a part of West Karako Bay in Louisiana for possible contamination of the norovirus. In an advisory, the FDA said customers must particularly avoid mussels harvested between December 3 and December 21 from growing area 3 of the bay. Very young children and the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable to norovirus, also known as Norwalk. At least seven victims have been reported after eating oysters at a Tennessee restaurant. The mussels were confirmed to have been harvested from West Karako Bay and shipped by Prestige Oyster Company of Theriot, Louisiana. Source: December 30, All Headline News –http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7009574757

U.S bans spare lithium batteries from checked baggage. New rules will go into effect January 1, 2008 that prohibit air passenger in the U.S from carrying spare lithium batteries in their checked baggage. The U.S Department of Transportation announced these new rules on Friday with the intent of reducing the risk of fires on aircraft. Passengers will be able to carry lithium batteries in checked bags if they are already installed in devices such as laptops or digital cameras. The rules also limit each passenger to two “extended life” lithium batteries. Source: December 31, PCWorld http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,140909-c,batteries/article.html#

Pacific Rim
Nothing to report

WHO: No human-to-human transmission of bird flu virus. The World Health Organization has clarified recent reports that there was confirmed human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 avian influenza or bird flu in Pakistan. In its December 27, 2007 health update, the WHO, through its website www.who.int, explained that the first case of human infection with the influenza has been confirmed in Pakistan. However, the WHO pointed out that the preliminary risk assessment found no evidence of sustained or community human-to-human transmission of the virus. Source: December 31, Sun Star–http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/pam/2007/12/31/news/ who.no.human.to.human.transmission.of.bird.flu.virus.html

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 AM, January 5, 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.