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SITUATION REPORT 08-080 (as of 11:00 AM, March 20, 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 Advisories
DOT&PF Northern Region Maintenance & Operations has issued a travel advisory for the following:

- Elliott Highway, Ptarmigan Pass, MP 92-106; a travel advisory was issued due to high winds and drifting snow.  Caution is advised for travel on the Elliott Highway at MP 92-106, Ptarmigan Pass, due to high winds causing blowing and drifting snow.  Visibility is poor. Maintenance crews will be working in the area.  Please reduce speed.      

- Dalton Highway, MP 80-155.8; a travel advisory was issued due to high winds, drifting snow and poor visibility.  Please reduce speed, use your headlights and travel with extreme caution through this section.  Please watch for equipment and crews out on the road.

- Parks Highway, Mile Post 242.8, the Moody Bridge will be closed for a 15 minute period beginning 3:00pm today, 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.                                         

The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued the following:

Wind Chill Warning
- Southeastern Brooks Range including Arctic Village, Wiseman, Coldfoot, Chandalar D.O.T. Camp and Iniakuk Lake. A wind chill warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday. In passes, local north winds gusting to 35 mph combined with temperatures as low as 30 below will generate wind chill to 60 below today. Additionally there may be locally poor visibility in blowing snow.

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

- Northeastern Brooks Range including Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon and Franklin Bluffs. A wind chill warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday. In passes, local wind chill to 60 below will continue through 6 am Friday.

- Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys I including Ambler, Shungnak and Kobuk. Wind chill warning remains in effect until 6 am Friday. Brisk winds and cold air coming down the slopes of the Brooks Range are causing wind chills to 60 below in the Upper Noatak Valley. These conditions are expected to last through 6 am Friday. Wind chills to 40 below are occurring elsewhere.

Blizzard Warning
- Chukchi Sea Coast including Point Hope, Shishmaref, Kivalina and Espenberg.  Blizzard warning remains in effect until 4 pm this afternoon. Northeast winds 30 to 45 mph with gusts to 55 mph; strongest near Point Hope will reduce visibilities to near zero at times. Wind chills to 50 below will continue through 6 pm Thursday. The coldest wind chills will be from Kivalina north. Wind chills will become less severe Thursday afternoon as temperatures increase and winds decrease.

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 21, 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.