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SITUATION REPORT 08-038 (as of 11:00 AM, February 7, 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 Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a heavy snow warning for the inner channels from Kupreanof Island to Etolin Island including Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake until noon AST today.  Snow will continue to fall with another 3 to 5 inches through the morning. Storm total amounts will reach 8 to 12 inches. Locally breezy conditions are creating areas of blowing snow with visibility reduced to less than 1 mile.

High Wind Warning
The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings for the following areas:
- Northeast Prince William Sound including Valdez and Thompson Pass until 4 pm AST this afternoon.  North to east winds 30 to 50 mph with gusts 65 to 85 mph through channeled terrain will continue through this afternoon. Dangerous wind chills 30 below to 45 below zero will accompany the winds through Thompson Pass. Winds will begin to slowly diminish during the afternoon and then quickly fall during the evening.
- Southeast Prince William Sound including Cordova until 4 pm AST this afternoon.  North winds 40 to 55 mph with gusts to 80 mph will persist through the Copper River delta through this afternoon. Winds will begin to slowly diminish during the afternoon and then quickly fall during the evening.

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 8, 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.