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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-025 (as of 11:00 AM, January 25, 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.

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a high wind warning for the following:

High Wind Warning
- Northeast Prince William Sound including Valdez and Thompson Pass.  High wind warning is in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 12 pm Saturday.  Strong northerly winds are expected to begin this afternoon for the Valdez region. Winds will reach as high as 85 mph through Thompson Pass and 75 mph in town early Saturday morning.

- Southeast Prince William Sound including Cordova.  High wind warning is in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 12 pm Saturday for the Copper River Delta.  Strong northerly winds are expected through the Copper River Delta starting this afternoon. Winds will reach as high as 85 mph early Saturday morning and continue into late morning.

The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has the following:

Winter Storm Warning
- Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast including Kaktovik and Flaxman Island.  Winter storm warning is in effect until 6 am Saturday.  Wind chills to 60 below will continue through early Saturday morning. West winds 30 to 40 mph will continue through early Saturday morning. Blowing snow will cause very low visibility through Saturday morning as well.

- Northeastern Brooks Range including Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon and Franklin Bluffs.  Winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 pm this evening in Brooks Range passes.  In Brooks Range passes, north winds 20 to 30 mph with local gusts 40 mph will continue through tonight with wind chill to 65 below and areas of visibility near zero in snow and blowing snow.

- Southeastern Brooks Range including Arctic Village, Wiseman, Coldfoot, Chandalar, D.O.T. Camp and Iniakuk Lake.  Winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 pm this evening.  In Brooks Range passes, north winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph will continue through 9 pm this evening with poor visibility in blowing snow and wind chill to 70 below.  In areas near Atigun pass, expect local blizzard conditions with visibility near zero in blowing snow. Winds will diminish
Overnight.

Wind Chill Warning
- Central Beaufort Sea Coast including Nuiqsut, Prudhoe Bay, Alpine, Deadhorse and Kuparuk.  A wind chill warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon.  Wind chill to 65 below will continue today. Wind chill will moderate tonight as temperatures rise.

The National Weather Service in Juneau has issued the following:

Heavy Snow Warning
- Taiya Inlet and Klondike Highway and Haines Borough and Lynn Canal including Skagway and Haines.  Heavy snow warning remains in effect until 9 pm this evening.  Snow will continue through the evening. Total snow accumulation of 6 to 14 inches is expected. Northerly winds will increase this evening ushering in drier and much colder weather. Winds will increase to 25 mph tonight and gust to 45 mph. Areas of blowing snow will develop restricting visibility to 1/4 or less at times.

- Eastern Baranof Island and Southern Admiralty Island and the Inner Channels from Kupreanof Island To Etolin Island including Angoon, Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake.  Heavy snow warning remains in effect until 4 am Saturday.  Snow will continue this afternoon and overnight. Total snow accumulation snowfall of 6 to 10 inches is expected.

- Glacier Bay-Eastern Chichagof Island, Salisbury Sound to Cape Fairweather Coastal Area, and Juneau Borough and Northern Admiralty Island including Gustavus, Hoonah, Elfin Cove, Pelican and Juneau.  Heavy snow warning remains in effect until 11 pm this evening Snow will continue through the evening, snowfall rates up to 1 inch per hour. Total snow accumulation of 6 to 12 inches is expected with locally higher amounts.

- Cape Fairweather to Cape Suckling Coastal Area including Yakutat.  Heavy snow warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon with total snow accumulation snowfall of 10 to 12 inches is expected.

- Misty Fjords including Hyder.  Heavy snow warning remains in effect until 6 am Saturday.  Snow will develop this afternoon and continue overnight. Total snow accumulation of around one foot is expected over inland valleys including Hyder.

Current weather warnings and watches for StateAlaska 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 28, 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.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf