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From:Monday, March 17, 2008 12:55 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 17 March 2008 Situation Report 08-077 

SITUATION REPORT 08-077 (as of 11:00 AM, March 17, 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.

City of Saint George:  
A letter from the City of Saint George arrived today with a request that their recent disaster declaration be withdrawn.  

Wind Chill Warning
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued wind chill warning for Western Arctic Coast including Wainwright, Atqasuk, Point Lay and Cape Lisburne. Wind chill warning is now in effect until 12 PM Tuesday in the vicinity of Point Lay. A northeast wind of 15 to 20 mph will combine with temperatures of 30 to 35 below to produce wind chills to 65 below through Tuesday morning. The wind is expected to diminish a bit by Tuesday afternoon which will make the wind chills a bit less harsh.

Blizzard Warning
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued blizzard warning which is in effect until 6 pm this afternoon for the Alaska Peninsula including Cold Bay and Sand Point. Cold northerly winds in combination with light snowfall will create blizzard conditions in snow and blowing snow along the Alaska Peninsula today. Winds will be out of the northwest at 25 to 45 mph with gusts to 55 mph through this afternoon. Visibilities will begin to improve later this evening as snowfall tapers off.

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 18, 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.