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SITUATION REPORT 09-065 (as of 11:00 AM, 6 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.)

Travel Advisory
The Alaska DOT&PF has issued the following:
Dalton Highway, Milepost 284-415
A travel advisory has been issued for Milepost 284 through 415 of the Dalton Highway due to high winds, drifting and blowing snow and low visibility.  Expect delays as some sections are down to one lane.  Drive with extreme caution and watch for equipments and crews out on the road.  This advisory is in effect for the next 48 hours.

Winter Storm Warnings
Juneau Borough and Northern Admiralty Island -- winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon
Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula -- winter storm warning now in effect until 4 pm this afternoon
Eastern Norton Sound - Nulato Hills -- winter storm warning now in effect until 4 pm this afternoon

Blizzard Warnings
Northeast Prince William Sound -- blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 am Saturday through Thompson Pass
Western Aleutians -- blizzard warning in effect until 9 am Saturday
Western Arctic Coast -- blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 pm this afternoon

Diesel Fuel Spill
On 5 March 2009 a fishing vessel run aground located at North shoreline of St. George Island, one of the Pribilof Islands located in the Bering Sea approximately 250 miles northwest of Unalaska.  An unknown amount of diesel fuel has been released and there is an unknown amount of lube and hydraulic oil on board the vessel. The cause of the grounding is under investigation. As of Thursday evening, some oil sheening has been observed coming from the vessel although there have been no reports of impacted wildlife at this time.  For more information, please go to this quick Link: Active Spill Responses":  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

Alaska Volcanoes
Alaska Volcano Observatory Weekly Update
Friday, March 6, 2009 1:40 PM

Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Redoubt Volcano remains in a restless state. The level of seismic activity has declined somewhat this week but is still above background levels. Seismic activity consists of small discrete earthquakes, and little to no volcanic tremor. There have been no significant earthquake swarms over the past week, and no new hydrologic or glaciologic events related to ice melt have occurred.

AVO continues to monitor Redoubt closely and the observatory will be staffed 24 hours per day while the volcano is at an elevated level of unrest.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
AVO increased the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Volcanic Alert Level to ADVISORY for Okmok volcano last Monday, March 2, 2009. Over the past week there have been short bursts of volcanic tremor at Okmok, but these have gradually declined in frequency and amplitude. The increase in seismicity over the past week was the first significant seismic activity at the volcano since the eruption in August 2008 ended and represents an increase above typical background activity. The increase in seismic activity observed this week does not necessarily indicate that an eruption will occur, or that an eruption is likely.

Observations made during an aerial overflight on Tuesday, March 3, indicated nothing unusual.  The nearest settlement is Nikolski, population about 35, roughly 45 miles west of the volcano. A ranch caretaker family lives at Fort Glenn on the flank of the volcano about 6 miles east of the caldera rim.

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, 9 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.