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SITUATION REPORT 08-022 (as of 11:00 AM, January 22, 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 work with communities in rural Alaska that are facing fuel shortages and/or power generation problems.  The SECC is coordinating with local, state and federal agencies and other organizations to ensure that the situation in these communities does not reach the point of becoming a disaster emergency.

High Wind Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the southeastern Brooks Range including Arctic Village, Wiseman, Coldfoot, Chandalar DOT camp and Iniakuk Lake through 6PM today.  Heavy snowfall is occurring along the southern slopes of the Brooks Range combined with blowing snow which is reducing visibilities to near zero at times as of noon  The Chandalar DOT reported 11 inches of snowfall so far today.  Additional snowfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches through this evening is likely.  Winds will increase further tonight.  South winds of 20 to 40 mph are expected through passes tonight into Wednesday morning. The combination of falling and blowing snow will reduce the visibility to a quarter of a mile at times through passes.

Homeland Security
Carlin gets maximum sentence. The convicted trigger man in a 1996 murder plot with a former Anchorage stripper was sentenced today to 99 years in prison. John Carlin III, 50, was convicted of first degree murder in April 2007 in the shooting death of Kent Leppink, a 36-year-old fisherman who was engaged to Mechele Linehan. Carlin is appealing his conviction. Carlin was convicted of shooting Leppink three times on a remote trail outside Hope. Prosecutors say the motive for Linehan was a $1 million life insurance policy on Leppink that she erroneously thought named her as beneficiary. A jury found Linehan guilty in October of first-degree murder.
Source: The Associated Press, Anchorage, AK, 18 Jan 08

Lead paint hazard forces recall of children’s lamp. About 60,000 Tinker Bell lamps have been recalled because the surface paint on the lamps contains high levels of lead, which is toxic if ingested by children. The lamp, which is made in Hong Kong by Kash N’ Gold Ltd., has a Tinker Bell figure attached to the lamp and music plays when the light switch or demo button is pressed. The lamps were sold at electronic and appliance stores nationwide from January through October 2007.
Source: January 17, Morning Call – http://www.mcall.com/business/local/allrecalls_

FBI warns of malicious email scam. The FBI has issued a warning to the public following a deluge of spam emails purporting to be from the agency. The bogus messages often include pictures of the FBI’s director, along with the organization’s official seal, letterhead and banner. “The FBI does not send out emails soliciting personal information from citizens,” said the agency. “The social engineering technique of using the FBI’s name is designed to intimidate and convince the recipient that the email is legitimate. The emails are typically a notification of a ‘lottery win’ or long-lost relative leaving an ‘inheritance.’ Other emails offer website monitoring containing malicious attachments and online auction scams. The warning comes just six months after the FBI issued a similar alert about spammers using trusted institutions to improve returns.
Source: January 16, vnunet.com – www.vnunet.com/2207367

RFID readers at border checkpoints by end of year. Almost all U.S. land ports of entry will be outfitted with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) vicinity readers to read the new passport card by the end of the year. The passport card will be ready in the spring and will allow the reading of a chip in the passport card as a vehicle approaches inspection booths. No personal data will be on the chip itself, just a series of zeroes and ones that will bring up databases on the inspector's computer.
Source: NICC, Daily Sector Pulse, 17 Jan 08

Iranian oil minister says no need for OPEC to raise oil output. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries should not respond to a request by the U.S. President to raise output at its next meeting as oil markets remain adequately supplied, the Iranian oil minister said. OPEC’s second largest oil producer sees no need for the exporting group to pump more, especially after the recent crude price decline. This comes after President Bush urged OPEC to consider pumping more oil in an effort to lower near-record crude prices.

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.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 AM, January 23, 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.