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From:Thursday, January 15, 2009 1:56 PM -0900
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 09-015 (as of 11:00 AM, 15 January 2009)

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.

Winter Storm Warning
Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys including Ambler, Shungnak and Kobuk. Winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight tonight. Storm total snow accumulations will reach 8 to 12 inches by midnight.

Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula and Southern Seward Peninsula Coast A winter storm warning remains in effect from 9 am Friday to 9 am Saturday. Another strong storm will move rapidly northward through western Alaska bringing additional snow and blowing snow.

Eastern Norton Sound And Nulato Hills, Lower Yukon Valley, Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys. A winter storm warning remains in effect from 3 am Friday to 3 am Saturday. Another strong storm will move rapidly northward through western Alaska bringing additional snow and blowing snow.

Southeastern Brooks Range. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 9 pm this evening. Snowfall accumulations through late this evening of 8 to 14 inches are likely west of Chandalar Lake. Snow may become mixed with freezing rain. Ice accumulation is expected to be around one tenth of an inch.

Northeastern Brooks Range including Anaktuvuk Pass, Atigun Pass, Galbraith Lake, Sagwon and Franklin Bluffs. The winter storm warning is now in effect until 9 pm this evening. Near blizzard conditions have been reported in Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range. Heavy snow and blowing snow are expected to continue through late this evening. There will be some freezing rain with the snow; ice accumulation is expected to be around one tenth of an inch. Snow accumulation is expected to be around 6 inches in the mountains.

Blizzard Warning
Pribilof Islands including Saint Paul. Blizzard warning now in effect until 6 pm this afternoon. Winds of 35 to 45 mph will cause blowing snow to frequently reduce visibilities to less than one quarter mile. Winds and visibilities are expected to improve by early evening.

High Wind Warning
Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands including Fort Yukon, Venetie, Central, Circle, Stevens Village, Beaver, Chalkyitsik, Birch Creek, Circle Hot Springs, Eagle Summit and Twelvemile Summit. A high wind warning remains in effect until 9 pm this evening. Over the high country south winds 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph along the Steese Highway summits and possibly into the City of Central. The strongest winds are expected to taper off below warning level late this evening.

Denali including Healy, Denali National Park, Carlo Creek and Kantishna. A high wind warning remains in effect until 4 am Friday. South winds 40 to 60 mph with gusts around 75 mph will be blowing through passes. The strong winds are expected to continue tonight. Winds in Healy will be generally 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph.

Eastern Alaska Range including Mentasta Lake, Black Rapids, Donnelly Dome, Trims Camp, Eagle Trail and Mineral Lake. A high wind warning remains in effect until 4 am Friday. South winds of 30 to 50 mph with gusts to 75 mph will be blowing through passes west of the Tok Cutoff. This includes the Richardson Highway. The strong winds are expected to continue tonight.

Travel Advisories
Travel on the Parks Highway from MP163 – MP242 is hazardous at this time due to areas of freezing rain, snowfall, and poor pavement conditions. Watch for areas of black ice, ice glaze, snow pack, and drifting snow.  Visibility is reduced due to blowing snow and freezing rain.   Travel is not advised due to extreme weather and road conditions.        

A travel advisory has been issued for Milepost 28.8-415 of the Dalton Highway.  Difficult travel conditions due to multiple areas of freezing rain, heavy snowfall with drifting and blowing snow.  There is low to zero visibility. Freezing rain through this section has also been reported making conditions very slick.  Please drive with extreme caution, reduce your speed and watch out for road equipments and road crews clearing the road.

Juneau Power Outage
The Juneau area lost power when the Snettisham Transmission Power line was struck by an avalanche on 12 January. As of 14 Jan, the Alaska Electric Light and Power contractors have conducted aerial assessments and are formulating a plan to restore hydroelectric power to the Thane Substation.

Useful link:
  Weather: Current Public and Marine Hazards and Regional News http: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/:
Volcano:  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
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.
 Oil and Hazardous Substance Releases:  Photographs and spill information "Quick Links: Active Spill Responses":  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 16 January 2009. 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