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From:Thursday, February 12, 2009 2:09 PM -0900
Subject:DHS&EM 12 February 2009 Situation Report 09-043 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 09-043 (as of 11:00 AM, 12 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

Redoubt Volcano
Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Status Report, Thursday, February 12, 2009 12:40 PM AKST
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. No eruption has occurred. Volcanic tremor with variable amplitudes is ongoing and has changed little over the past 24 hours.

AVO continues to monitor Redoubt Volcano closely and the observatory is staffed 24 hours a day.

Shishaldin Volcano
Issued: Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 4:11 PM AKST
Volcanic Activity Summary: The Alaska Volcano Observatory is lowering the Aviation Color Code to GREEN and the Alert Code to NORMAL at Shishaldin volcano.

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

The National Weather Services in Fairbanks and Anchorage has issued significant weather warnings which will be affecting the following forecast zones:

Blizzard Warnings
Kuskokwim Delta
Western Aleutians
Southern Seward Peninsula Coast
St Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast
Yukon Delta
Blizzard warning is in effect until Friday.   A strong low pressure system will move north over the Bering Sea late Thursday through Friday and may bring heavy snow and blowing snow with local blizzard conditions Thursday and into Friday.

Winter Storm Warnings
Central Aleutians
Northwestern Brooks Range
Chukchi Sea Coast
Lower Kobuk and Noatak Valleys
Baldwin Peninsula and Selawik Valley
Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula
Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills
Winter storm warning is  in effect from this afternoon through late Friday. A strong low pressure system will move north over the Bering Sea late Thursday through Friday and may bring heavy snow and blowing snow with local blizzard conditions Thursday night into Friday night.

More information about Weather Warnings can be found at: Current Public and Marine Hazards and Regional News http: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

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, 13 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.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf