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Subject:DHS&EM 17 December 2008 Situation Report 08-352 

SITUATION REPORT 08-352 (as of 11:00 AM, 17 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.

Blizzard Warning
Central Aleutians including Atka and Adak. A blizzard warning is in effect from 6 pm to 6 am Thursday. A low, northeast of Adak will rapidly strengthen today as it moves slowly south across the Aleutian Islands and into the north Pacific Ocean. North to northwest winds will increase this afternoon and evening to 40 to 55 mph with gusts to 65 mph likely by this evening. Surface temperatures will remain steady or slowly fall throughout the day as colder air moves in from the north and west. Snowfall will intensify during the day. By this evening the combination of snow and strong winds will frequently reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less across the central Aleutians. Conditions are expected to improve early Thursday morning as the low moves off to the southeast.

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, 18 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.