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SITUATION REPORT 09-063 (as of 11:00 AM, 4 March 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.)

Special Weather Statement
A strong storm will impact Southwest Alaska beginning late tonight through Thursday afternoon.  Winds of 45 -50 MPH may cause a coastal surge in the Bristol Bay and Kuskokwim Delta areas.  Storm surge is expected in the 1-3 foot range.  The storm will be preceded in the Kuskokwim Delta area by freezing rain.

Winter Storm Warning
Susitna Valley -- winter storm warning for snow in effect from 3 pm this afternoon until 4 pm Thursday
Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula -- winter storm warning in effect from 6 pm this evening to 6 am Friday
Southern Seward Peninsula Coast -- winter storm warning in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 6 am Friday
Eastern Norton Sound - Nulato Hills -- winter storm warning in effect from 6 pm this evening to 6 am Friday
Yukon Delta -- winter storm warning in effect from noon today to 6 am Friday
Lower Yukon Valley - winter storm warning in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 6 am Friday
Southern Slopes of the Eastern Brooks Range -- winter storm warning in effect from midnight tonight to 6 pm Thursday for areas west of Arctic Village

Blizzard Warning
St. Lawrence Island and Bering Strait Coast -- blizzard warning in effect from noon today to 6 am Friday

Alaska Volcanos

Alaska Volcano Observatory Current Status Report
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 12:10 PM

Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. No eruption has occurred. Seismicity continues to be dominated by small discrete earthquakes. There have not been any significant earthquake swarms in the past 24 hours.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Since 3:30 PM yesterday, seismicity at Okmok has consisted of tremor bursts at the rate of one to several per hour. This is the same character of seismicity that prompted AVO to raise the color code/alert level to YELLOW/WARNING on March 2.  A caribou-survey flight yesterday flew over Okmok caldera and reported no steaming or other noteworthy surface activity.

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, 5 March 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.