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SITUATION REPORT 08-060 (as of 11:00 AM, February 29, 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
DHS&EM Operations continues to coordinate fuel delivery efforts to Nikolski and is working to reduce potential life safety issues resulting from fuel shortages at several other coastal communities including Nikolski and St George.  Work effort with Karluk on issues resulting from fuel shortage situation continues.

St George airport is open this morning which would allow for delivery of some fuel should the barge be delayed by again, poor weather or sea conditions as a blizzard watch is forecasted for the Pribilofs this Saturday afternoon.

Blizzard Watch
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a blizzard watch which is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening for the Pribilof Islands including the City of Saint Paul.  Winds will increase to 30 to 45 mph across the Pribilofs tonight and continue through Saturday evening. These winds will initially blow snow already on the ground causing visibilities to be reduced to around 1 mile at times. Fresh snow will likely fall Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening. If the combination of new snow and strong winds does occur visibilities would be reduced to near zero.

Wind Chill Warning
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued a wind chill warning which is in effect until 6 am AST Saturday for the Northeastern Brooks Range including Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon and Franklin Bluffs and Southeastern Brooks Range including Arctic Village, Wiseman, Coldfoot, Chandalar D.O.T. Camp and Iniakuk Lake.

In areas near Atigun Pass, north winds gusting to 50 mph with temperatures near 30 below will generate wind chill to 60 below today. North winds gusting to 25 mph are expected tonight with wind chill remaining near 60 below. Blowing snow will reduce visibility in areas near Atigun Pass today. Elsewhere in passes, wind chill to 50 below will continue through tonight.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Veniaminof Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: Yellow
Current Volcano Alert Level: Advisory
Seismic activity remains elevated at Veniaminof. Tremor levels have increased today, with several episodes lasting 5 to 10 minutes. Partly cloudy webcam views showed continuous low-level steaming.  AVO will continue to monitor activity at Mount Veniaminof using seismic data, satellite images, internet camera data and observer reports.

AVO Information:  Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/

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, March 3, 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.