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Subject:DHS&EM 26 March 2008 Situation Report 08-086 

SITUATION REPORT 08-086 (as of 11:00 AM, March 26, 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.

West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service and Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in cooperation with local emergency management offices and the Alaska Broadcasters Association, conducted a tsunami warning communications test today at 9:45 a.m. Alaska Standard Time.  The test broadcast went successfully.

Test responses and comments can be submitted here
Alaska Tsunami Awareness Week Proclamation is available here

Wind Chill Warning
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued a wind chill warning for the Western Arctic Coast including Wainwright, Atqasuk, Point Lay and Cape Lisburne. Wind chill warning now in effect until 6 am Thursday.  Local east winds to 15 mph with temperatures to 30 below will create local wind chill to 60 below through tonight.

Travel Advisories
DOT&PF Northern Region Maintenance & Operations has issued a travel advisory for the Parks Highway, Mile Post 242.8, the Moody Bridge.  The Parks Highway will be closed at MP242.8, the Moody Bridge, for a 15 minute period beginning at 4:00pm Thursday, March 27, 2008 due to blasting under the bridge by the Alaska Railroad.  Watch for men and equipment working in the roadway through this area.

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 27, 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.