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Subject:DHS&EM 24 February 2009 Situation Report 09-055 

SITUATION REPORT 09-054 (as of 11:00 AM, 23 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.  

Redoubt Volcano
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Alaska Volcano Observatory’s Current Status Report, 24 Feb 09, 11:41 AM
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. No eruption has occurred. Volcanic tremor continues and has changed little over the past 24 hours. Intermittent discrete but small earthquakes also continue at a rate of several per hour. Clear webcam views this morning show a small steam plume within the summit crater. Clear satellite views show no unusual activity. AVO continues to monitor Redoubt Volcano closely, and the observatory is staffed 24 hours a day.

Gas Release
Update:  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 and the volume of released material were estimated to be 1,890 gallons (45 barrels) of produced water, 42 gallons (1 barrel) of crude oil, and 5,000 cubic feet of natural gas. A 1/8” hole, located on the flow line, was determined to be caused by external corrosion. For more information, photographs and other spill information are available for viewing at: http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm

High Wind Warning
Central Aleutians -- A high wind warning is now in effect from 2 pm this afternoon to 1 am Wednesday.  A strong low pressure system will move into the Bering Sea today. South winds ahead of the low pressure center will increase to 40 to 55 mph with gusts to 75 mph this afternoon. Winds will then shift west 50 to 65 mph with gusts to 85 mph during the early evening. Winds will begin to diminish late in the evening, decreasing to 25 to 40 mph toward morning.

Blizzard Warning
Western Aleutians -- blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 pm this evening. A strong low pressure system will move through the western Aleutians today. This low pressure system will bring westerly winds of 60 to 75 mph to the region as it passes through. Blowing snow will reduce visibilities to less than one quarter mile at times. Winds will decrease and conditions will improve this evening.

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, 25 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.