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From:Wednesday, March 19, 2008 10:55 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 19 March 2008 Situation Report 08-079 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-079 (as of 11:00 AM, March 19, 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.

Travel Advisory, Parks Highway
DOT&PF Northern Region Maintenance & Operations has issued a travel advisory for the Parks Highway.  The Parks Highway will be closed at Mile Post 242.8, the Moody Bridge, for a 15 minute period beginning 3:00pm Thursday, March 20, 2008 due to blasting under the bridge by the Alaska Railroad.  Watch for men and equipment working in the roadway through this area.                                    

Wind Chill Warning
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued wind chill warning for the following:

-       Northwestern Brooks Range including Singiluk and Umiat. The wind chill warning is now in effect until 6 am Thursday. In passes, local wind chill to 60 below during the day and to 70 below at night will continue through 6 am Thursday.

- Northeastern Brooks Range including Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon and Franklin Bluffs. The wind chill warning is now in effect until 6 am Thursday. In passes, local wind chill to 65 below during the day and to 70 below at night will continue through 6 am Thursday.

- Southeastern Brooks Range including Arctic Village, Wiseman, Coldfoot, Chandalar D.O.T. Camp and Iniakuk Lake. The wind chill warning is now in effect until 6 am Thursday. In passes, local north winds 20 to 30 mph combined with temperatures to 25 below will generate wind chill to 60 below in passes through 6 am Thursday. Additionally, there may be locally poor visibility in blowing snow.

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 20, 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.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf