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SITUATION REPORT 09-049 (as of 11:00 AM, 18 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
AVO’s Current Status Report:  Wednesday, February 18, 2009 12:54 PM Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. No eruption has occurred. Over the past day seismicity has been dominated by volcanic tremor of variable amplitudes and intermittent small earthquakes. This activity is similar to what we have observed over much of the current period of unrest. AVO continues to monitor Redoubt Volcano closely and the observatory is staffed 24 hours a day.

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

Kuskokwim Delta, Eastern Norton Sound,  Nulato Hills,  St. Lawrence Island, Bering Strait Coast and the Southern Seward Peninsula Coast -- blizzard warning now in effect until 6 pm this afternoon along the coast

Chukchi Sea Coast -- blizzard warning in effect from 9 am this morning to midnight tonight

Baldwin Peninsula and Selawik Valley, Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula, Yukon Delta and the Lower Yukon Valley -- blizzard warning now in effect to 6 am Thursday

Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys, Upper Kobuk, Lower Kobuk and Noatak Valleys -- winter storm warning remains in effect to 6 am Thursday

Central Interior and the Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands -- winter storm warning in effect to 3 pm Thursday for higher elevations

Southeastern Brooks Range, Susitna Valley, Middle Tanana Valley, and the Upper Koyukuk Valley -- winter storm warning in effect to 6 pm Thursday

Denali and the Eastern Alaska Range -- winter storm warning in effect to 6 am Friday

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, 19 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.