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SITUATION REPORT 08-056 (as of 11:00 AM, February 25, 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.

Travel Advisory, Dalton Highway
Travel Advisory is issued for Dalton Highway at/or near 234-247 Atigun Pass due to avalanche conditions.  Milepost 234-247 of the Dalton Highway is closed at this time.  Maintenance crews are busy clearing trucks that are blocking the road.  Travel is not possible at this time through this area.  Weather conditions; high winds as high as 50 mph, drifting and blowing snow and zero to low visibility.  

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Veniaminof Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: Yellow
Current Volcano Alert Level: Advisory
AVO has raised the Aviation color code to Yellow and the Alert Level to Advisory last Friday, February 22 due to several minor bursts of ash observed on AVO Webcam images and recorded in seismic data. As of 11:34 this morning, seismic levels remain elevated; intermittent seismic tremor bursts continue. Mostly clear webcam views show continuous steaming from the active intracaldera cinder cone. There are no indications that more vigorous activity is imminent or even likely. Small ash bursts are typical of activity at Veniaminof over the past several years.  

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Satellite views were cloudy today. No activity at Cleveland has been reported over the last 24 hours.

AVO will continue to monitor activity at Mount Veniaminof and Cleveland Volcano.  For more information, please see the following:

DOT&PF Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or by calling 511.

Current weather warnings and watches for Alaska can be found at the following National Weather Service web site:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 AM, February 26, 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.