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Subject:DHS&EM 14 March 2008 Situation Report 08-074 

SITUATION REPORT 08-074 (as of 11:00 AM, March 14, 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 monitor fuel status in our western Alaska communities.

Blizzard Warning
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a blizzard warning which is in effect until 10 pm this evening for the Western Aleutians including the City of Shemya and Amchitka. Cold northerly flow on the backside of a low pressure system over the central Aleutians will continue to create strong gusty winds. Winds of 45 to 60 mph in combination with an increase in snowfall will bring blizzard conditions for the rest of today.

Pribilof Islands including the City of Saint Paul. A blizzard warning remains in effect until 4 pm this afternoon. Snow and east winds of 35 to 45 mph will continue today. A slight decrease in snowfall this morning will allow visibilities to increase slightly, however, conditions are expected to drop later this morning and return to blizzard levels. The blizzard conditions are expected to effect mainly Saint Paul island as temperatures over Saint George are rising faster. Temperatures are expected to rise to near or just above freezing this afternoon allowing blizzard conditions to subside.

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center located a light earthquake that occurred on Friday, March 14th at 1:38 AM in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 and was located at a depth of about 92 miles. This event was felt in Anchorage, Palmer, Soldotna and Ninilchik. No reports of damage have been received at this time. Distance to nearby locations:  49 miles W of Tyonek and 78 miles NNW of Ninilchik.

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

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.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 AM, March 17, 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.