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SITUATION REPORT 08-039 (as of 11:00 AM, February 8, 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)

The National Weather Service in Juneau has issued the following:  

Bulletin - Immediate Broadcast Requested
Special Marine Warning
A special marine warning is issued for Southern Lynn Canal until 4:15 pm. THE CONDITIONS REMAIN FAVORABLE FOR WATERSPOUTS UNTIL SUNDOWN. At 1206 pm, marine weather spotters reported a water spout in Southern Lynn Canal.  Mariners can expect gusty winds, high waves and freezing spray. Boaters should seek safe harbor immediately until this storm passes.

Waterspouts can easily overturn boats and create locally hazardous seas. Seek safe harbor immediately.

Winter Storm Warning
- Dixon Entrance to Cape Decision Coastal Area including Craig and Klawock; Southern Inner Channels and Misty Fjords including Ketchikan, Metlakatla and Hyder.  Winter storm warning in effect from 9 pm this evening to 12 pm Monday.

- Cape Decision to Salisbury Sound Coastal Area, Inner Channels from Kupreanof Island to Etolin Island including Sitka, Port Alexander Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake; Eastern Baranof Island and Southern Admiralty Island including Angoon.  Winter Storm Warning in effect from midnight tonight to 12 pm Monday.

- Salisbury Sound to Cape Fairweather Coastal Area including Elfin Cove and Pelican; Eastern Chichagof Island including Hoonah; and Glacier Bay including Gustavus.  Winter storm warning in effect from 3 am Saturday to 12 pm Monday.

A developing low is forecast to move into the south central gulf Saturday then slowly weaken over the central panhandle through Sunday. Snow will develop over the area this evening and become heavy at times. In addition, wind gusts will increase to around 45 mph tonight which will likely cause areas of blowing and drifting snow. Expect visibilities to be greatly reduced at times.  Winter weather conditions will persist through Monday morning.

- Juneau Borough and Northern Admiralty Island including the City of Juneau.  Winter storm warning in effect from 9 pm this evening to 12 pm Monday.  Taku winds are expected to develop this evening and continue through Saturday afternoon. In addition, snow is expected to develop late Saturday morning. Northeast winds will increase over downtown Juneau and Douglas Island to 50 mph with gusts as high as 80 mph. The Taku winds will diminish Saturday afternoon. Elsewhere, gusts are expected to increase around 45 mph.  Areas of blowing and drifting snow will reduce visibilities at times. Winter weather conditions will persist through Monday morning.

Wind Chill Warning
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued a wind chill warning which is in effect until 6 pm Saturday for the Western Arctic Coast including Wainwright, Atqasuk, Point Lay and Cape Lisburne.  East winds 10 to 20 mph are generating wind chills to 60 below through Saturday.  

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 11, 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.