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Subject:DHS&EM 25 February 2009 Situation Report 09-056 

SITUATION REPORT 09-056 (as of 11:00 AM, 25 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.)

Travel Advisory
Parks Highway Milepost 242 through 243  
There will be a brief road closure on the Parks Highway Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27 at approximately 10:00am due to blasting by the Alaska Railroad contractor.  Motorists are advised to expect a brief 10-15 minute delay at this site.  Please check http://511.alaska.gov for updates.                                 
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, 25 Feb 09, 12:10 PM
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 with a relative increase beginning around 10AM this morning. A broad spectrum seismic signal at 9:29AM is likely associated with a small flowage deposit originating from a melt hole in the Drift Glacier at about 5600 feet above sea level. Clear web camera images (Hut webcam) this morning suggest that this deposit was emplaced sometime between 9:08AM and 10:03AM. No other unusual activity was observed in the web cameras this morning. AVO continues to monitor Redoubt Volcano closely, and the observatory is staffed 24 hours a day.

High Wind Warning
195: Pribilof Island  -- high wind warning in effect until 4 pm this afternoon.

Blizzard Warning
Kuskokwim Delta  and Bristol Bay -- blizzard warning in effect until 3 am Thursday
St. Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast -- blizzard warning in effect from 9 am this morning to 6 am Thursday
Yukon Delta -- blizzard warning remains in effect until 12 pm Thursday.

Winter Storm Warning
Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula and Southern Seward Peninsula Coast -- - winter storm warning in effect until 12 pm Thursday
Eastern Norton Sound - Nulato Hills -- winter storm warning in effect until 3 pm Thursday
Lower Yukon Valley and Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys --winter storm warning in effect until 6 pm Thursday.

Coastal Waters Forecast

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, 26 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.