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SITUATION REPORT 08-065 (as of 11:00 AM, March 5, 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)

High Wind Warnings
The National Weather Service has issued high wind warnings for the following areas:
- Anchorage area including Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian and Eklutna until 5am AST Thursday.  A strong front approaching the northern Gulf of Alaska will increase winds along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations.  Southeast winds will increase 70 to 90 mph by this afternoon.  Winds will slowly decrease to below warning levels early Thursday morning.
- Western Prince William Sound including Whittier, Seward, Girdwood and Moose Pass until 6pm AST this afternoon.  A strong front approaching the north gulf this morning is producing strong winds through Portage Valley and Turnagain Arm. East winds gusting 70 to 90 mph can be expected through late this afternoon. Wind will drop below warning levels this evening.
- Southeast Prince William Sound including Cordova until 6pm AST this afternoon.  A strong front approaching to the northern gulf will result in strong east winds across southeast Prince William Sound today.  Expect east winds to increase to 30 to 50 mph with gusts to 80 mph by early this afternoon and then continue through this afternoon. Winds will begin to decrease by early evening as the front moves inland and weakens.

Blizzard Warnings
The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings for the following areas:
- Kuskokwim delta including Bethel, Hooper Bay and Nunivak Island until 9 pm AST this evening.  North winds gusting to 35 to 45 mph combined with snow will produce blizzard conditions along the coast and Nunivak Island today. Visibilities will begin to improve late this afternoon along the southern coast as winds diminish and temperatures rise to near freezing. Blizzard conditions will continue into the evening from about Toksook Bay northward. Snow and winds will diminish everywhere by late evening.
- Pribilof Islands including Saint Paul from 8pm this evening to 3am AST Thursday.  North winds will increase to 25 to 35 this evening as a strong low moves northward across the eastern Bering Sea. Snow will begin during the evening and continue overnight. The combination of falling snow and gusty winds will produce blizzard conditions this evening through the overnight hours. Conditions will begin to improve late tonight as winds and snow diminish.

Rural Alaska Fuel Shortages
The City of Saint George issued a disaster declaration with a request for state assistance Monday due to the ongoing fuel shortage and the current power outage to critical facilities.  The DHSEM Operations section received the declaration Tuesday and is currently evaluating the request for state assistance.
DHS&EM Operations continues to coordinate fuel delivery efforts and is working to reduce potential life safety issues resulting from fuel shortages at several coastal communities including Nikolski and St George.  Nikolski received a delivery of 12,000 gallons of fuel this weekend.  St George airport navigational aids have been out since February 28 due to a power outage.  Coordination with Karluk on issues resulting from fuel shortage situation continues.

Alaska Volcano 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 6, 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.