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SITUATION REPORT 08-053 (as of 11:00 AM, February 22, 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)

Blizzard Warning
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for the Alaska Peninsula including Cold Bay and Sand Point until 4 pm AST this afternoon. Blowing snow and northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 60 mph will continue through early this afternoon. Visibilities will be reduced to one quarter mile or less at times. These conditions are expected to improve this evening as snow showers decrease and wind begin to diminish.

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.

Mekoryuk Water Shortage
The community of Mekoryuk reported Tuesday 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.

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 25, 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.