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SITUATION REPORT 08-344 (as of 11:00 AM, 10 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.

High Wind Warnings
- Upper Koyukuk Valley and Southeastern Brooks Range.  High wind warning now in effect until 6 pm this afternoon over hills--northeast winds gusting 50 to 55 mph will continue into this afternoon. There will be very low visibilities in blowing snow and wind chills to 30 below over hills as well. This will affect portions of the Dalton Highway above tree line. The winds will decrease slowly tonight.

- Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys.  High wind warning is now in effect until 9 pm this evening.  Northeast winds 15 mph with local gusts to 50 mph, decreasing around noon today.  Blowing snow may reduce visibility in the windiest areas. The winds will decrease around noon today.

Blizzard Warnings
- Haines Borough and Lynn Canal.  Blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon.  A strong front continues to bring ample moisture in from the Gulf of Alaska while an arctic front has brought cold air from the Yukon. The combination of these elements is expected to produce 14 to 30 inches of snow in Haines and 8 to 14 inches of snow for Skagway and the Klondike Highway. The heavy snow will be accompanied by 25 to 50 mph wind gusts along the Klondike Highway and Lynn Canal, reducing visibility to less than one quarter mile in blowing snow.

- Northeast Prince William Sound.  Blizzard warning remains in effect until 5 pm this afternoon.  A strong low pressure system moving into the Gulf of Alaska this morning is producing strong east to northeast winds of 35 to 50 mph through Thompson Pass. Conditions will improve this afternoon as winds diminish.

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, 10 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.