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From:Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:47 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 22 October 2008 Situation Report 08-296 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-296 (as of 11:00 AM, 22 October 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 2
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
SECC Threat level is changed to Level 2 due to severe storms affecting the Aleutians at this time.

Winter Storm Warning
- Taiya Inlet and Klondike Highway including Skagway. A winter storm warning remains  in effect until 3 pm this afternoon. Heavy precipitation combined with temperatures below freezing along the Klondike Highway has resulted in significant early season snow fall. Snow will continue to fall over the Klondike Highway above 2000 feet as warm moist air rides over cold air at the surface. Snow amounts will range from 4 to 10 inches before the snow turns to rain as winds increase from the south this afternoon.

Motorists using these highways should exercise care and take reasonable precautions prior to setting out on the road today. Slow down and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.

High Wind Warnings
A 969 mb storm force low is now located approximately 160 nm Southwest of Yakutat and continues to track northeast. As the low approaches the coast, southeast winds will become southwest this morning and remain very strong with gusts to 60 mph or more over the forecast area today and tonight. Highest winds and wind gusts will occur along the outer coast.
 - Salisbury Sound to Cape Fairweather Coastal Area including Elfin Cove and Pelican. High wind warning is in effect until midnight tonight.
- Cape Decision to Salisbury Sound Coastal Area including Sitka and Port Alexander.  The high wind warning is now in effect until 9 pm this evening.
 - Central Aleutians including Atka and Adak. A high wind warning remains in effect until 4 pm this afternoon. East to northeast winds 40 to 60 mph with gusts to 75 mph will continue through Wednesday afternoon and begin to diminish Wednesday evening.

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, 23 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