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Subject:DHS&EM 30 December 2008 Situation Report 08-365 

SITUATION REPORT 08-365 (as of 11:00 AM, 30 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 amount of crude oil. The product spilled was produced water, which contained a trace of crude oil. The current estimate of spilled product is 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. Additional information, photographs and other spill information are available for viewing at: http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm

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. It is estimated that about 200 gallons of Alaska North Slope (ANS) crude oil was released as a result of the fire at the refinery. In addition, approximately 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of water used in the firefighting effort was slightly contaminated with oil and is now frozen. These estimates are based on an inspection of the site by ADEC’s Valdez responder on December 29th. As reported the cause of the spill is a fire in the refractory tower at the refinery.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. There is no apparent impact to the local environment beyond the perimeter dike other than the windblown soot plume that extends several hundred feet to the west. Additional information is available at:  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

High Wind Warning
Southeast Prince William Sound including Cordova. A high wind warning remains in effect until 4 pm this afternoon for the Copper River Delta. 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 this afternoon. The pressure gradient is then expected to weaken tonight although winds will remain quite strong.

Alaska Volcanoes
Current Status Report as of Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: Yellow
Current Volcano Alert Level: Advisory
Nothing observed in satellite images today and no reports of activity have been received. Cleveland is not seismically monitored; satellite data and pilot reports are the primary source of information.

Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: Yellow
Current Volcano Alert Level: Advisory
Seismic activity at Redoubt remains at low levels. Nothing unusual was seen in clear views of the volcano from satellite. No reports of unusual activity were received.

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, 31 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.