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Subject:DHS&EM 1 December 2008 Situation Report 08-336 

SITUATION REPORT 08-336 (as of 11:00 AM, 1 December 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.

Travel Advisory
A travel advisory has been issued for the upper Steese Highway due to high winds, drifting and blowing snow.  Driving conditions may become very difficult over Eagle Summit MP 100 - 115.  Maintenance crews will be working to keep the road open.

Blizzard Warning
- Pribilof Islands including Saint Paul. Blizzard warning is in effect until 5 pm this afternoon for Saint Paul. A strong weather front is producing southeast winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 55 mph along with snow and blowing snow. Visibilities in blowing snow are expected to remain at or below one quarter mile through this afternoon. Conditions should improve this evening as snow diminishes.

High Wind Warnings
- Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski. High wind warning is in effect until 9 pm this evening. Strong low pressure south of Atka is creating strong southeast winds over the eastern Aleutians. Southeast winds of 35 to 50 mph with gusts to 80 mph will continue until early this evening. Warning level gusts should then diminish although very windy conditions are expected to persist for the next day or so.

- Western Aleutians including Shemya and Amchitka. A high wind warning remains in effect until midnight tonight. Strong low pressure south of Atka will bring high winds to the western Aleutians through tonight. North winds gusting to 75 mph will affect the area from Kiska east to just west of Adak.

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.
 Photographs and other spill information available at:  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 2 December 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.