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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-283 (as of 11:00 AM, 09 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

Blizzard Warning
Yukon Delta including Emmonak Mountain Village, Alakanuk, Kotlik, Pilot Station, St Marys, Scammon Bay, Nunam Iqua and Pitkas Point. Blizzard warning remains in effect from noon today to 6 am Friday.  Blizzard conditions are expected to develop this afternoon and continue through tonight. Visibility is expected to be reduced to a quarter mile or less at times in snow and blowing snow. Snowfall accumulations of up to 2 inches are expected this afternoon with another 2 to 5 inches expected tonight. Northeast winds are expected to increase to 30 to 45 mph this afternoon, diminishing to 20 to 35 mph by Friday morning.

High Wind Warning
- Anchorage including Anchorage, Eagle River, Indian and Eklutna. High wind warning remains in effect from 7 pm this evening to 8 am Friday along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations. A strong front approaching the area from the south will bring locally very strong winds this evening into early Friday morning.  SE winds gusting to 85 mph will develop this evening along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations.

- Western Prince William Sound including Whittier, Seward, Girdwood and Moose Pass. High wind warning remains in effect from 7 pm this evening to 8 am Friday for Portage Valley and Turnagain Arm. A strong front approaching the area from the south will bring locally very strong winds this evening into early Friday morning. East winds gusting to 85 mph will develop this evening along Portage Valley and Turnagain Arm.

High Surf Advisory
Chukchi Sea Coast including Point Hope, Shishmaref, Kivalina and Espenberg. High surf advisory is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 pm Saturday for the northern Seward Peninsula coast from Shishmaref westward. Northeast winds 35 to 40 mph are expected to develop along the Northern Seward Peninsula after midnight tonight continuing Friday. North winds 35 to 40 mph are expected Friday night and Saturday. These winds are expected to generate seas to 9 feet along the coast of the northern Seward Peninsula. The high surf is expected to produce localized beach erosion.

Small Stream Flood Advisory
Western Prince William Sound, Northeast Prince William Sound and Southeast Prince William Sound including Cordova, Seward and Valdez. A small stream flood advisory is issued from 6 pm Thursday until 4 pm Friday. A fast moving warm system will cause heavy rain at times Thursday night and Friday morning causing minor flooding on small coastal streams. The greatest rainfall intensities are expected to last about 8 to 12 hours at any location and move west to east along the coastal areas. Small coastal streams will rise quickly following the period of heavy rains and flood low lying areas.

FEMA-1796-DR -AK (Tanana Basin Flooding)
The Joint FEMA/State teams continue the process of public assistance in the Nenana and Fairbanks North Star Borough areas as a result of this flooding event. A FEMA field office has opened following an approval of a Presidential Disaster Declaration for this incident period of 27 July to 06 August 2008.

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, 10 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.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf