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SITUATION REPORT 08-288 (as of 11:00 AM, 14 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

Coastal Flood Watch
Western Arctic Coast including Wainwright, Atqasuk, Point Lay and Cape Lisburne and the Northern Arctic Coast including Barrow, Alaktak, Pitt Point and Nulavik.  The coastal flood watch is in effect from this evening through Wednesday afternoon. A weather front will be moving ashore from Point Barrow to Cape Lisburne early Wednesday morning. Winds will increase to southwest 20 to 25 mph this evening and 25 to 30 mph tonight. The wind will shift to west 20 mph Wednesday. The winds will be blowing over a large area; most of the Chukchi Sea is ice free. This will bring heavy surf to the coast northeast of Icy Cape and Icy Cape to Point Barrow.  The winds will bring up sea level 2 to 3 feet above normal this evening through Wednesday afternoon. Some coastal flooding is possible with the high tides and heavy surf.

FEMA-1796-DR -AK (Tanana Basin Flooding)
Joint FEMA/State Public Assistance Teams are in the Nenana and Fairbanks North Star Borough area as a result of this flooding event. A third joint FEMA/State Public Assistance Team is in the North Slope Borough this week to address damages to public infrastructure and response costs. The Joint FEMA field office remains open in Anchorage until flood damages are assessed and recovery projects are finalized.

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, 15 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.