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SITUATION REPORT 08-297 (as of 11:00 AM, 23October 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
No change.

Blizzard Warning
An area of low pressure in the northern Gulf of Alaska moving onshore near Cordova this evening will bring snow from Prince William Sound north into the Copper River Basin along with gusty north to west winds especially through channeled terrain.

- Northeast Prince William Sound including Valdez and Thompson Pass. Blizzard warning is in effect from 9 am this morning to 4 pm this afternoon for Thompson Pass. Through Thompson Pass, north winds will increase to 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph by late morning. The winds combined with 4 to 6 inches of new snowfall will create blizzard conditions through
Thompson Pass. Visibilities will be reduced to one quarter mile or less at times from mid morning through the afternoon.

FEMA-1796-DR -AK (Tanana Basin Flooding)
FEMA/State Public Assistance teams are continuing the process of formulating project worksheets to assist State, Local, and Tribal governments and certain Private Non-Profits with their eligible damages. 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, 24 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.