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SITUATION REPORT 08-280 (as of 11:00 AM, 06 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

High Surf Advisory
The National Weather Service Fairbanks has issued a high surf advisory that is now in effect from 7 pm this evening to 10 pm Tuesday for the Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast including Kaktovik and Flaxman Island. Sea level and wave heights will rise today and cause heavy surf and beach erosion from this evening through late Tuesday night. Sea levels are expected to rise to 3 to 4 feet above normal tonight into Tuesday night. This will primarily affect the Barter Island airport. A west wind of 20 to 30 mph this morning will increase to 30 to 40 mph by this evening. A west wind of 30 to 40 mph with a few higher gusts will create the heavy surf as the strong wind continues through Tuesday evening. The wind and heavy surf are expected to decrease late Tuesday night.

A high surf advisory means that localized beach erosion is expected. Precautions should be taken to protect property.

FEMA-1796-DR -AK (Tanana Basin Flooding)
A FEMA field office has opened in support of the Presidential Disaster Declaration.  Joint FEMA/State teams have been deployed to flood affected areas.  The teams will conduct applicant briefings and subsequent kickoff meetings, site inspections and collect data to support writing of project worksheets on disaster related damages as a result of this flooding event.

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, 07 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.