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SITUATION REPORT 08-093 (as of 11:00 AM, April 2, 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)

Travel Advisory, Dalton Highway
DOT&PF Northern Region Maintenance Section has issued a travel advisory for Dalton Highway Milepost 284 through 338 due to freezing rain. Freezing rain has made this section very slick.  Travelers are advised to reduce your speed and travel with extreme caution.  Please watch for equipment and crews out on the road.

Winter Storm Warning
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued a winter storm warning for the Northeastern Brooks Range including Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon and Franklin Bluffs which is in effect until 6 pm this afternoon.  There have been reports of freezing rain on the Dalton Highway between mile post 284 and 338. Driving conditions are difficult with slippery conditions due to black ice because of freezing rain and temperatures near or below freezing. Up to one quarter of an inch of ice may accumulate. Freezing rain is expected to change over to snow later in the afternoon as colder air moves eastward over the area.

Spring Breakup Outlook for Alaska
March 28, 2008.  The NWS Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center announced that the flood potential from snowmelt and ice jams this spring breakup season throughout Alaska is rated as average. For more information about ice thickness, snowpack, and weather which is the greatest factor in determining the severity of breakup during April and May, please refer to the climate prediction center web site at http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/products/ghmd.php or

DHS&EM.  The 2008 Spring Flood Breakup Guide~is now posted on our website at http://www.ak-prepared.com/

Division of Forestry
Fire season officially begins April 1st.
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Situation Report (AICC)
Tuesday - 04/01/2008
As of April 1, 2008, there have been a total of 12 fires reported.  The Friday Creek Fire which occurred on March 31, remains at approximately 80 acres and has made no gains in size during the last 12 to 20 hours. The Division of Forestry firefighters continues to suppress the fire. No homes or cabins are threatened at this time.

Remember before burning you must have a burn permit from the Alaska Division of Forestry.  For more information on burn permits in your local area, contact the Division of Forestry office (http://forestry.alaska.gov/fire/) nearest you, or go to their burn permit web page.

Mekoryuk Water Shortage
On March 28, DHS&EM Operations Section received a letter from the City of Merkoryuk requesting State Assistance for the use of linen hose and pumps for temporary use to fill their water tank.  The division is working is working with the Division of Forestry and the Coastal Villages Region Fund to fill this request.

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 3, 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.