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SITUATION REPORT 08-282 (as of 11:00 AM, 08 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

The Alaska Earthquake Information Center located a moderate earthquake that occurred early this morning, October 8th at 1:53 AM AKDT in the Cape Yakataga region of Alaska. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 and was located at a depth of about 5 miles. It was felt in Valdez. No reports of damage have been received at this time. Distance to nearby locations: 58 miles SSW of McCarthy and 92 miles ESE of Valdez.

Also, a light earthquake was felt in Homer (Cook Inlet Region) this morning at 8:27 AM AKDT. This earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 4.0 at a depth of about 64 miles. No reports of damage have been received at this time. Distance to nearby locations: 34 miles W of Ninilchik and 57 miles NW of Seldovia

High Wind Warning
Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski.  High wind warning is now in effect from 6 pm this evening to midnight tonight.  An intense low will cross the central Aleutians from the north pacific Wednesday. An associated strong front will approach the eastern Aleutians by Wednesday evening. Expect south wind 45 to 60 mph with gusts to 75 mph in the evening ahead of this front.

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. There are two teams in place, Nenana and Fairbanks.

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, 09 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.