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From:Monday, December 15, 2008 12:21 PM -0900
Subject:DHS&EM 15 December 2008 Situation Report 08-350 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-350 (as of 11:00 AM, 15 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 Warning
- Western Aleutians including Shemya and Amchitka. High wind warning is in effect until 4 pm this afternoon. A low pressure system near the Kamchatka Peninsula has brought a strong front to the western Aleutians. Southeast winds of 50 to 60 mph with gusts to 80 mph have arrived around Shemya and are expected to continue through much of the afternoon. Winds will diminish through the late afternoon to southwest at 30 to 45 mph by the evening.

Blizzard Warnings
- Northeastern Brooks Range including Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon and Franklin Bluffs. Blizzard warning is in effect from noon today to 6 am Tuesday. Southwest winds will increase to 25 to 40 mph with local gusts to 50 mph. The wind will combine with periods of snow to produce significant blowing and drifting snow. The visibilities will be reduced to one quarter mile or less at times this afternoon through tonight. The blizzard conditions are likely in spots along the Dalton Highway.

- Central Beaufort Sea Coast including Nuiqsut, Prudhoe Bay, Alpine, Deadhorse and Kuparuk. Blizzard warning is in effect from noon today to 3 am Tuesday. Southwest winds will increase to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph. The wind will combine with periods of snow to produce significant blowing and drifting snow. The visibilities will be reduced to one quarter mile or less at times this afternoon through tonight. The strong wind will slowly diminish late tonight with visibilities improving. The blizzard conditions are likely along the Dalton Highway.

- Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast including Kaktovik and Flaxman Island. Blizzard warning is in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 9 am Tuesday. Blizzard conditions are expected to develop late this afternoon. West winds will increase to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph by late this afternoon. The wind will increase to 40 to 60 mph tonight. The strong wind will combine with periods of snow to produce severe blizzard conditions tonight into Tuesday morning. The visibilities will be reduced to one quarter mile or less with white-out conditions at times tonight. The very strong wind will produce significant blowing and drifting snow. The wind will gradually diminish late Tuesday morning.

Travel Advisory
Dalton Highway
A travelers' advisory has been issued for MP 274 through 355 of the Dalton Highway due to high winds causing drifting snow and very low visibility. The winds are reported at 28-40 mph.  The road section is slick, please reduce your speed and drive with extreme caution.  Watch for crews and equipment out on the road.  
Also, be advised there is a truck blocking the road at MP 285 (Toolik Lake), expect delays.

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, 16 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.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf