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SITUATION REPORT 08-301 (as of 11:00 AM, 27 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
No change.

Coastal Flood Warning
- St Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast including Gambell, Savoonga, Brevig Mission Teller, Wales and Diomede. Coastal flood warning in effect from 4 pm this afternoon to 4 am Wednesday for Diomede and the Bering Strait Coast.  A storm system will intensify across the northern Bering Sea today and winds are expected to increase well out ahead of the storm. A southeast wind of 35 to 50 mph with locally higher gusts is expected by late this afternoon or early this evening. The strong wind will develop first on Saint Lawrence Island and spread north to the Bering Strait this evening. The strong wind is expected to continue through Tuesday and is expected to gradually shift into the east. Expect between 4 and 8 feet of storm surge along the Bering Strait Coast and at Diomede. Seas are expected to range between 8 and 11 feet along the Bering Strait Coast and Diomede with the higher swells at Diomede. Possible impacts include significant beach erosion at Diomede and vulnerability of any structures on or near the beach. The Village of Wales may experience beach erosion and structures such as the school garage and the washeteria may experience minor flooding.

- Southern Seward Peninsula Coast including Nome, White Mountain, Golovin. High surf advisory is in effect from 10 pm this evening to 4 am Wednesday. A strengthening storm system in the Bering Sea is expected to bring high surf to areas along the southern Seward Peninsula Coast from Nome to Golovin. Southeast wind will increase to 25 to 40 mph tonight with the strong wind continuing through Tuesday night. The wind will gradually shift into the east Tuesday night. The strong wind will cause seas to build to around 8 feet tonight and to 10 feet on Tuesday. The highest seas are expected to be from port safety west. The seas will produce high surf with tides running up to 3 feet above normal. This may lead to some flooding and erosion of the Nome Council Road at mile 23. The seawall in Nome is not expected to be compromised by this storm.

- Chukchi Sea Coast including Point Hope, Shishmaref, Kivalina and Espenberg. Coastal flood watch remains in effect from this evening through late Tuesday night from Cape Krusenstern north. A strong storm will move into the Bering Sea today. Winds are expected to increase out of the southeast at 30 to 40 mph with locally higher gusts by this evening. The strong wind is expected to continue through Tuesday. Expect a storm surge of 3 to 5 feet along the Chukchi Sea Coast. Seas are expected to build to around 10 feet with the highest seas and swells remaining west of Kivalina. Possible impacts include erosion along the south side of the Point Hope airport and erosion of the beach and seawall at Kivalina. At this time it appears that the high seas will remain offshore of Shishmaref and therefore the storms impacts will not be as severe as they will potentially be along the coast from Cape Krusenstern north. There is still some uncertainty as to the exact track the storm will take and this will affect the wind direction and impact the potential for coastal flooding.

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, 28 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.