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SITUATION REPORT 08-035 (as of 11:00 AM, February 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)

Heavy Snow Warnings
The National Weather Service has issued heavy snow warnings for the following areas:
- Eastern Baranof Island And Southern Admiralty Island, Juneau Borough And Northern Admiralty Island, Inner Channels From Kupreanof Island To Etolin Island.  These areas include the cities of Angoon, Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake.  The heavy snow warning is in effect from 6PM today to 6AM tomorrow for these areas.
-  Mysty Fjiords including the town of Hyder from 9AM this morning to 6AM tomorrow.

High Wind Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for northeast Prince William Sound including Valdez and Thompson Pass.  The surface pressure gradient across southcentral Alaska will tighten up this afternoon through this evening as a strong pacific low tracks to southeast Alaska while strong high pressure persists over interior Alaska. This will produce very strong winds through channeled areas of northeast Prince William Sound beginning late this evening. Expect north to east winds gusting to 75 to 85 mph through channeled areas of northeast Prince William Sound late this evening through Tuesday evening. The gradient will weaken slightly late Tuesday into Tuesday night so winds will diminish below warning levels, but will remain gusty.

Rural Alaska Fuel Shortages
The SECC continues to monitor and 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.

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, February 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.