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Subject:DHS&EM 29 December 2008 Situation Report 08-364 

SITUATION REPORT 08-364 (as of 11:00 AM, 29 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.

Produced Water Spill, North Slope, Kuparuk DS 1L Well 22
ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc. discovered the spill on December 25, 2008. The product spilled was produced water, which contained a trace of crude oil. The initial estimate of 63,000 gallons (1,500 barrels) has been increased to 94,920 gallons (2,260 barrels). The cause of the spill has been determined to be internal corrosion of the 6” water injection line. The spill affected a gravel pad at 1L. A total of 5.45 acres have been impacted of which, 2.95 acres are off pad and have been lightly dusted with a fine mist of produced water. No penetration through the snow to the tundra has occurred.

Oil Spill, Valdez, Petro Star Refinery
The spill was located at Valdez Petro Star Refinery, 2.5 Mile Dayville Road, Valdez, AK at 10:45 pm on December 28. The type of product spilled is Alaska North Slope crude oil. After the fire was extinguished, the initial facility inspection by refinery personnel revealed minor oil spillage (estimated at 55 gallons) that was contained within the secondary containment area of the refinery. A complete inspection of the refinery for oil releases will be conducted this morning, December 29th. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The initial facility inspection after the fire was extinguished did not reveal any release of oil beyond the facility’s secondary containment area. A more detailed assessment to determine resources affected is now underway.

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

High Wind Warning
- Matanuska Valley including Palmer, Wasilla, Sutton and Chickaloon. High wind warning remains in effect until 6 am Tuesday. The contrast of high pressure over interior Alaska and low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska is resulting in gusty northeast winds across the Matanuska Valley especially through gaps and over higher terrain. Expect Northeast winds with gusts to 75 mph continuing through tonight. Winds will diminish quickly on Tuesday as the pressure gradient weakens.

- Southeast Prince William Sound including Cordova. High wind warning remains in effect until 4 pm Tuesday. The sharp contrast of high pressure over interior Alaska and low pressure over the Gulf of Alaska is producing strong winds through gaps along the coastal range. Expect north winds gusting up to 75 mph to persist through the Copper River Delta through Tuesday afternoon. The pressure gradient is then expected to weaken slightly Tuesday night although winds will remain quite strong.

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.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 30 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.