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SITUATION REPORT 08-088 (as of 11:00 AM, March 28, 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)

Mekoryuk Water Shortage
On February 19, 2008 the community of Mekoryuk reported that the liner in their water tank had failed and all the water had been lost.  Water for the community is collected, treated and stored in this tank during the summer for use during the rest of the year.  The school has its own well and can provide limited amounts of water, but can not provide enough water to meet the long-term needs of the community.  Residents are currently hauling water from a water source about five miles from the town.  The DHS&EM Response section is working with community officials and other agencies to mitigate the current situation and develop a long-term solution.

Today, March 28, DHS&EM Operations Section has received a letter from the City of Merkoryuk requesting for State Assistance. They are requesting the use of four miles of linen hose and pumps for temporary use to fill their water tank.  

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center located a moderate earthquake that occurred on Thursday, March 27th at 3:07 PM AKDT in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 and was located at a depth of about 43 miles (68 km). It was felt widely in south-central Alaskan communities. Maximum intensity of shaking was reported as IV, light. No reports of damage have been received at this time. Distance to nearby locations: 41 km (25 miles) SSW of Nanwalek and 122 km (76 miles) N of Ouzinkie.

Travel Advisory
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 Saturday, March 29, 2008 due to blasting under the bridge by the Alaska Railroad.  Watch for men and equipment working in the roadway through this area.

Blizzard Warning
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a blizzard warning for the Pribilof Islands including Saint Paul which is now in effect until 8 pm this evening. A weather front approaching from the south will bring east winds and snow to the Pribilofs beginning Friday morning. Winds will reach 35 mph and 1 to 3 inches of snowfall is expected before the temperatures warm this evening. Snow and blowing snow will combine to reduce visibilities to less than one quarter mile during the day.

Rural Alaska Fuel Shortages
DHS&EM Operations continues to monitor fuel status in our western Alaska communities.

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, April 1, 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.