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SITUATION REPORT 08-294 (as of 11:00 AM, 20 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
Northern Arctic Coast including Barrow, Alaktak, Pitt Point and Nulavik. High surf advisory remains in effect until noon today. West winds to 25 mph will continue through this morning. The strong wind will produce seas of around 6 feet with the seas breaking near and along shore. This will lead to areas of significant beach erosion and minor flooding of roads along the immediate coast.

Travel Advisory
A travel advisory has been issued for the Dalton Highway from the Hilltop Truck Stop to Prudhoe Bay. Alaska West Trucking will be moving a heavy module weighing approximately 292,000 lbs, 24 feet wide and 200 feet long along the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay. See tentative schedule below:  
20 October – Dietrich, north to MP 357 (62 mile hill)
21 October - MP 357 (62 mile hill), north to Prudhoe Bay
Please watch for pilot cars and expect delays.

FEMA-1796-DR -AK (Tanana Basin Flooding)
FEMA/State Public Assistance Teams are in the Nenana and Fairbanks North Star Borough to conduct applicant briefings and collect data for project worksheets.  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, 21 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.