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From:Tuesday, February 19, 2008 1:29 PM -0900
Subject:DHS&EM 19 February 2008 Situation Report 08-050 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-050 (as of 11:00 AM, February 19, 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 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.

Nikolski
On February 14, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management received a request for State disaster assistance from the Village of Nikolski.  The State Emergency Coordination Center is currently evaluating this request.

Mekoryuk Water Shortage
The community of Mekoryuk reported today that the liner in their water tank had failed and all the water had been lost.  Water for the community is collected, treated and stored in this tank during the summer for use during the rest of the year.  The school has its own well and can provide limited amounts of water, but can not provide enough water to meet the long-term needs of the community.  Residents are currently hauling water from a water source about five miles from the town.  The DHS&EM Response section is working with community officials and other agencies to mitigate the current situation and develop a long-term solution.

Blizzard Warning
The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings for the following areas:
- Anchorage area including Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian and Eklutna from 3 pm this afternoon to 5 am AST Wednesday. Low pressure moving across the gulf will bring dangerous winds to Turnagain Arm and the hillside beginning late this afternoon.  Southeast winds will increase to 50 to 70 mph with gusts to 90 mph along Turnagain Arm and the hillside by late this afternoon and persist through the overnight hours. Winds will begin to slowly diminish early Wednesday morning and then quickly fall Wednesday afternoon.
- Western Prince William Sound including Whittier, Seward, Girdwood and Moose Pass until midnight AST tonight.  Low pressure moving across the gulf will bring dangerous winds to Turnagain Arm and through Portage Valley beginning this afternoon.  East winds will increase to 50 to 70 mph with gusts to 90 mph along Turnagain Arm and through Portage Valley this afternoon and persist through this evening. Winds will slowly diminish overnight and then quickly fall on Wednesday.

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 20, 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