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SITUATION REPORT 09-048 (as of 11:00 AM, 17 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
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
The following is AVO’s Daily Update, February 17, 2009 11:00 AM
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. No eruption has occurred. Volcanic tremor with elevated amplitudes continues since yesterday morning, though still below the highest levels seen during the current period of unrest.

Travel Advisory
A travel advisory has been issued for MP 90-110 of the Dalton Highway. Blowing and drifting snow has also been reported causing low to zero visibility.  Please drive with extreme caution and watch for crews and equipment out on the road.

Weather Warnings
The National Weather Services in Anchorage and Fairbanks has issued significant weather warnings for the following:

 Pribilof Island - blizzard warning in effect until 8 pm this evening

 Western Arctic Coast and the Northern Arctic Coast - blizzard warning in effect until midnight tonight

 Central Beaufort Sea Coast - blizzard warning in effect until midnight tonight

 Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast - blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 am, Wednesday

 Northern Slopes of the Brooks Range east of the Colville River - blizzard warning remains in effect until midnight tonight north of the mountains

 Eastern Norton Sound and Nulato Hills - blizzard warning remains in effect from 3 am to 6 pm Wednesday

 St Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast - blizzard warning remains in effect from 6 pm this evening to 12 pm Wednesday

 Yukon Delta - blizzard warning remains in effect from 6 pm this evening to 12 pm Wednesday

 Lower Koyukuk, Middle Yukon Valleys and the Lower Yukon Valleys - winter storm warning in effect from 6 am Wednesday to 6 am Thursday

More information about Weather Warnings can be found at 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, 18 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.