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SITUATION REPORT 08-081 (as of 11:00 AM, March 21, 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, Parks Highway
DOT&PF Northern Region Maintenance & Operations has issued a travel advisory for the Parks Highway, Mile Post 242.8, the Moody Bridge due to blasting under the bridge by the Alaska Railroad. The Moody Bridge, Mile Post 242.8 will be closed for a 15 minute period beginning 4:00pm today, March 21, 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 Saturday. Near passes, local north winds gusting to 35 mph combined with temperatures as low as 30 below will generate wind chill to 60 below through early Saturday morning. 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 Saturday. In Brooks Range passes, local wind chill to 60 below during the day today and to 65 below at night will continue through 6 am Saturday.

- Northeastern Brooks Range including Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon and Franklin Bluffs. A wind chill warning remains in effect until 6 am Saturday. In brook range passes, local wind chill to 60 to 65 below will continue through 6 am Saturday.

- Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys I including Ambler, Shungnak and Kobuk. A wind chill warning remains in effect until 6 am Saturday. Northeast winds 25 to 50 mph combined with low temperatures will produce wind chill to 60 below in portions of the Upper Noatak Valley through early Saturday morning.

Blizzard Warning
- Chukchi Sea Coast including Point Hope, Shishmaref, Kivalina and Espenberg.  The blizzard warning is now in effect until 6 pm this afternoon. Northeast winds gusting to 50 mph with near zero visibility in blowing snow will continue today near Point Hope. Winds are expected to diminish a little tonight with some improvement in visibility.

The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a blizzard warning for the Alaska Peninsula including Cold Bay and Sand Point which is in effect from 7 pm this evening to 7 am Saturday. Snow showers currently falling along the Alaska Peninsula will change to steady snow this evening. Northwest winds will also increase to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph during the evening. The combination of steady snow and strong winds will produce blizzard conditions at times especially near King Cove where the northwest winds tend to be strongest. Conditions are expected to improve somewhat on Saturday morning as snow become showery once again although visibilities will continue to be reduced at times due to a persistent gusty northwest wind.

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 24, 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.