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SITUATION REPORT 08-277 (as of 11:00 AM, 03 October, 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 1
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)

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics.)

Threat Level Changes
No change

Winter Storm Warning
The National Weather Service Fairbanks has issued a winter storm warning which is in effect until 6 am Saturday for the Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast including Kaktovik and Flaxman Island. Snow has developed early this morning and will become heavy at times this afternoon and evening. The snow will taper off to flurries by early Saturday morning. Snow accumulations of around 6 inches are expected. In addition, a northeast wind will increase to 30 to 40 mph this afternoon. The strong wind will produce significant blowing and drifting snow which will reduce the visibility to less than one half mile at times. The strong wind is expected to gradually diminish toward midnight tonight.

A winter storm warning means one or more winter weather hazards are expected. This will make travel and outdoor activity very hazardous.

Travel Advisory
A travel advisory has been issued for the Dalton Highway, MP 28.8 through 415.1 due to heavy snow and high winds causing blowing and drifting snow with low visibility and slick road conditions.   Please drive with extreme caution, reduce speed, chain- up if available and turn on your headlights.    Watch out for working crews and equipments on the roads.

Flood Advisory
The National Weather Service Juneau has issued a flood advisory for the Taiya River until 6:00 pm Friday.  At 8:56 am, the stage on the Taiya River was 16.44 feet and rising. Minor flood stage is 16.5 feet. At this stage, hikers along the Chilkoot Trail will experience knee deep water on the trail. At 17.0 feet the National Park Service closes the Chilkoot Trail. Rain across the area will taper off this morning. The river will continue to rise into the early afternoon and begin to subside by this evening and fall below flood stage.

Tanana Basin Flooding
A Presidential Disaster Declaration was approved for this incident period of 27 July to 06 August 2008.  Please go this link for more information:   http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=45945

The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s State Disaster Assistance Program remains open for individuals and families in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, City of Nenana, the Denali Borough, the North Slope Borough including the village of Wainwright, the City of Kaktovik and Yukon-Koyukuk REAA, who sustained damages to their primary residence, personal property, and transportation during the July/August 2008 flooding event.  To apply, call toll free, 1-800-921-3682. Today, Friday, 3 October 2008 is the last day for individuals and families to apply for State Disaster Assistance.

Useful link:
Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
Complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for
Current weather warnings and watches for State of Alaska can be found at the NWS:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 06 October, 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.