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SITUATION REPORT 09-033 (as of 11:00 AM, 2 February 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.)

Alaska Volcano
DHS&EM along with Alaska Volcano Observatory and the National Weather Service staff are closely monitoring Redoubt Volcano.  In the event of a significant eruption or significant change in Redoubt’s status, DHS&EM will initiate appropriate notices and a follow-on teleconference in accordance with the Alaska Interagency Operating Plan for Volcanic Ash Episodes.  

Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)
Redoubt Volcano
Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
AVO Current Status Report:  As of Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 12:57PM
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. Seismic activity remains elevated and is well above background levels. A vapor plume is intermittently visible in the AVO web camera. It appears to rise no higher than the volcano's summit.

An observation and gas-measurement flight to the volcano is en route now.

Staffs are currently monitoring the volcano 24 hours a day. We will issue further information as it becomes available.

Please see http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/activity/alertsystem/index.php for more information about aviation color codes and volcano alert levels.

More information about Redoubt Volcano can be found at http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.php

Winter Storm Warning
Misty Fjords.  A winter storm warning remains in effect from 6 pm this evening to 6 am Tuesday. Expect 10 to 15 inches of snow accumulation.

Juneau Borough and Northern Admiralty Island.  A winter storm warning remains in effect from midnight tonight to 12 pm Tuesday. Expect 5 to 10 inches of snow accumulation.

Wind Chill Warning
Western Arctic Coast. The wind chill warning is now in effect until 6 pm this afternoon. Northeast winds locally to 15 mph combined with temperatures near 35 below will produce local wind chill to 65 below today.

Useful link:

Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/

Air Quality Advisories & Alerts: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm

Oil and Hazardous Substance Releases:  Photographs and spill information "Quick Links: Active Spill Responses":  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

Volcano:  Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php

Weather: Current Public and Marine Hazards and Regional News http: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 3 February 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.