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From:Tuesday, October 21, 2008 11:46 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 21 October 2008 Situation Report 08-295 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-295 (as of 11:00 AM, 21 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 Wind Warnings
A very strong low pressure system will deepen to 967 mb as it tracks northeast into the northern gulf by Tuesday night. The associated weather front will move north over the panhandle Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. This front will generate gusts of 60 mph or more as it moves over the forecast area.  High wind warnings for the following areas:

- Cape Decision to Salisbury Sound Coastal Area including Sitka and Port Alexander.  High wind warning remains in effect from noon today to 6 pm Wednesday.

- Inner Channels from Kupreanof Island to Etolin Island including Petersburg, Wrangell and Kake.  High wind warning remains in effect from 6 pm this evening to 6 am Wednesday.

- Dixon Entrance to Cape Decision Coastal Area including Craig and Klawock.  High wind warning remains in effect from noon today to 3 pm Wednesday.

- Southern Inner Channels including Ketchikan and Metlakatla. High wind warning remains in effect from noon today to 6 am Wednesday.

- Misty Fjords including Hyder. High wind warning remains in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 6 am Wednesday.

Be sure to protect boats and aircraft. People are urged to secure loose objects that could be blown around or damaged by the wind.

The National Weather Service is also on the lookout for a similar very strong low pressure system of 953 mb in the following areas:

- Central Aleutians including Atka and Adak. High wind warning remains in effect from 10 pm this evening to 4 pm Wednesday. East winds will increase this evening to 40 to 60 mph with gusts to 80 mph. These winds will become more northerly Wednesday morning and then diminish by late in the afternoon.

- Western Aleutians including Shemya and Amchitka. High wind warning remains in effect from 10 pm this evening to 7 am Wednesday. Northeast winds will increase this evening to 40 to 60 mph with gusts to 80 mph. These winds will diminish by mid morning Wednesday.

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. People are urged to secure loose objects that could be blown around or damaged by the wind.

Following are Marine Hazard Warnings:
- Western Aleutians Adak to Kiska. Hurricane force wind warning tonight.  Today, SE wind 25 Kt becoming E 50 Kt in the afternoon, seas 12 Ft, rain and snow.  Tonight, E wind 70 Kt. Seas 24 Ft. rain and snow.

- Eastern Aleutians Nikolski To Adak. Hurricane force wind warning tonight. Today, NW wind of 25 Kt becoming NE in the afternoon. Seas of 13 Ft. Tonight, East of Atka, E Winds 70 Kt, West of Atka, E wind 60 Kt. Seas 20 Ft. Rain and snow.

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:  
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, 22 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