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SITUATION REPORT 09-068 (as of 11:00 AM, 9 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
Dalton Highway, Milepost 209-415
A travel advisory has been issued for Milepost 209 through 415 of the Dalton Highway due to reports of high winds.  The visibility is zero with blowing and heavy drifting snow. Travel is not advised at this time as there are sections reported to be drifted closed. Maintenance crews are out working the road.  This advisory is in effect for the next 24 hours.

Winter Storm Warnings
Lower Kobuk and Noatak Valleys -- winter storm warning in effect until 10 pm this evening. Snow will continue into this evening with a storm total accumulation of 5 to 7 inches expected. East wind gusting to 40 mph will also continue into this evening.

Baldwin Peninsula and Selawik Valley -- winter storm warning in effect until 10 pm this evening. A storm total accumulation of 6 to 10 inches is expected by midnight tonight. East wind gusting to 45 mph will also continue into this evening.

Blizzard Warnings
Western Arctic Coast -- blizzard warning in effect until 10 pm this evening. An east wind of 20 to 35 mph with local gusts to 45 mph will combine with falling snow to produce blizzard conditions through this evening.

Alaska Volcanoes
Alaska Volcano Observatory Current Status Report, 9 Mar 09, 11:44 AM
Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Unrest at Redoubt Volcano continues. Seismicity is at low levels compared to the past month and is dominated by small discrete earthquakes. 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.

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, 10 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.