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From:Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:35 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 10 March 2009 Situation Report 09-069 

SITUATION REPORT 09-069 (as of 11:00 AM, 10 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 drifting and blowing snow with low visibility. Maintenance crews have been clearing the snow drifts and some sections are still down to one lane.  Please drive with extreme caution and watch for equipment and crews out on the road.  

Alaska Volcanoes

Alaska Volcano Observatory/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW

Issued: Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 9:56 AM AKDT (20090310/1756Z)
Volcanic Activity Summary: The Alaska Volcano Observatory is lowering the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Alert Level to Advisory for Mount Redoubt. The new magma beneath the volcano does not show any signs of upward movement at this time. The volcano remains restless with abnormally high gas emission rates and melting of the summit glacier still evident. It is still quite possible, though far from certain, that the current volcanic unrest at Mount Redoubt could result in an eruption. Also, this unrest could persist for many months to a year or more and not lead to an eruption. During this unrest, it is possible for unrest at the volcano to change rapidly, advancing from relatively low levels to eruption in time periods as short as 24 hours or less.

AVO will continue to monitor Redoubt closely, but will no longer be formally staffed 24 hours per day.

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, 11 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.