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SITUATION REPORT 09-050 (as of 11:00 AM, 19 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.  

Alaska Volcano Observatory

Redoubt Volcano
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
AVO’s Current Status Report, February 19, 2009 12:59 PM
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. No eruption has occurred. Since early yesterday morning, tremor amplitudes have been fairly low, with a few discrete small earthquakes occurring every hour. This activity is similar to what we have observed over much of the current period of unrest, and is still above background levels. AVO continues to monitor Redoubt Volcano closely and the observatory is staffed 24 hours a day.

Gas Release
A gas release was discovered and reported to the ADEC office on February 18, 2009.  The spill was located at the BP Exploration Alaska in Prudhoe Bay. The product spilled were natural gas, crude oil and produced water. The volumes discharged are unknown at this time and the cause is under investigation. The spill occurred on a gravel pad and under a snow bank.  For more information, photographs and other spill information are available for viewing at:  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm

Travel Advisory
A travel advisory has been issued for MP 28-415 of the Dalton Highway due to reports of six to ten inches of new snow,  blowing, heavy and drifting snow causing low to zero visibility. Chains are recommended on the hills and passes and some areas are down to one lane.  Travel is not recommended at this time.  If travel is necessary, please expect delays, drive with extreme caution and watch for crews and equipments out on the road. Web Links for road and weather updates:  511.alaska.gov.

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

Blizzard Warning
Northern Slopes of the Brooks Range East of the Colville River  -- blizzard warning in effect until 6 pm this afternoon in passes

Winter Storm Warnings
Susitna Valley -- winter storm warning for heavy snow in effect until 4 pm this afternoon.

Southern Slopes of the Eastern Brooks Range -- winter storm warning in effect until 6 pm this afternoon

Upper Koyukuk Valley -- winter storm warning in effect until 6 pm this afternoon

Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands -- winter storm warning in effect until 6 pm this afternoon for higher elevations

Central Interior -- winter storm warning in effect until 3 pm this afternoon

Middle Tanana Valley -- winter storm warning in effect until 6 pm this afternoon

Denali -- winter storm warning in effect until midnight tonight

Northeastern Slopes of the Eastern Alaska Range -- winter storm warning in effect until 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, 20 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.