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SITUATION REPORT 08-095 (as of 11:00 AM, April 4, 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 & Operations has issued a travel advisory for Dalton Highway, MP 28.8  through 249  due to reports of heavy snow, low visibility and freezing rain.  The hills and passes are very slick and travelers are advised to use extreme caution while traveling through these sections.  Please reduce your speed and travel with your headlights on. 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 Lower Yukon Valley, Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys.  A winter storm warning remain in effect until 10 pm this evening.  Heavy snow will continue over the Nulato Hills and nearby areas through 10 pm this evening. Storm totals up to 10 inches in the Nulato Hills are expected 10 pm this evening. Elsewhere snowfall amounts of up to 4 inches may occur through 10 pm this evening. Additionally there will be patchy freezing rain. Freezing rain accumulation is expected to be less than one tenth of an inch.

Division of Forestry
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center Situation Report (AICC)
As of April 3, 2008, there have been a total of 14 fires reported with total acreage of 99.0.  The Friday Creek Fire which occurred on March 31, was determined to be 90% contained as of last evening.  Today, a crew of 4 will continue mop-up and hot-spot suppression along the fire perimeter.  

For 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.

Current weather warnings and watches for StateplaceAlaska 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 7, 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.