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SITUATION REPORT 09-016 (as of 11:00 AM, 16 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.

Flood Watch
Cape Fairweather to Cape Suckling Coastal Area. Flood watch in effect from late tonight through late Sunday.

High Wind Warning in the following areas and for more information, please see the weather link below:
- Anchorage and higher elevations.
- Western Prince William Sound
- Southeast Prince William Sound including Cordova.
- Bristol Bay
- Kodiak Island
- Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands
- Denali including Healy
- Eastern Alaska Range including the Richardson Highway.

Blizzard Warning in the following areas and for more information, please see the weather link below:
- Kuskokwim Delta and the - Pribilof Islands.

Winter Storm Warning in the following areas and for more information, please see the weather link below:
- Northwestern Brooks Range
- Northeastern Brooks Range
- Chukchi Sea Coast
- Lower Kobuk and Noatak Valleys
- Baldwin Peninsula and Selawik Valley
- Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula
- Southern Seward Peninsula Coast
- Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills
- St Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast
- Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys.
Travel Advisories
Parks Highway: Difficult to very difficult driving conditions on the Parks Highway, Milepost (mp) 241 to mp 163.  Icy pavement from mp 241 to mp 231, freezing rain from mp 231-216, heavy snowfall from mp 216 to mp 163.  Reduced visibility from mp 200 to mp 224.  Motorists are advised to reduce speed and use extreme caution.                                                                   

Dalton Highway: Travel advisory continues for Milepost 28.8-415 of the Dalton Highway due to freezing rain, heavy snowfall with drifting and blowing snow.  Some areas have low to zero visibility and extremely slick road conditions. Travel is not advised at this time.  If travel is necessary, drive with extreme caution, reduce speed and watch out for road crews and equipments along the road.

Juneau Power Outage
The Juneau area lost power when the Snettisham Transmission Power line was struck by an avalanche on 12 January. The Alaska Electric Light and Power (AEL&P) contractors had formulated initial restoration plan and estimates that it will take 30 days to complete repairs. Avalanche control work continues.

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, 20 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.