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From:Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:01 AM -0900
Subject:DHS&EM 23 December 2008 Situation Report 08-358 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-358 (as of 11:00 AM, 23 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
Western Kenai Peninsula including Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Cooper Landing. Blizzard warning is now in effect from noon until 9pm this evening along Kachemak Bay. A low pressure center moving into the northern Gulf of Alaska this morning will bring snow and west wind 25 to 40 mph to southern portions of the Kenai Peninsula. Visibilities will be reduced below one quarter mile in blowing snow along Kachemak Bay. Conditions are expected to improve this evening as snow tapers off.

Western Prince William Sound including Whittier, Seward, Girdwood and Moose Pass. Blizzard warning is now in effect from 3pm this afternoon to 5am Wednesday near Seward and Whittier. A low pressure center will move toward Prince William Sound this afternoon. Snow along with north and west wind 20 to 35 mph will develop near Whittier and Seward this afternoon increasing to 30 to 45 mph tonight. Visibilities will be reduced below one quarter mile at times in blowing snow. Conditions are expected to improve late tonight as gusty 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, 24 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