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SITUATION REPORT 09-070 (as of 11:00 AM, 11 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
A travel advisory has been issued for Mileposts 274 through 285 and 356 through 415 of the Dalton Highway due to some sections are still down to one lane.  There are reports of drifting and blowing snow and low visibility. Watch for equipments and maintenance crews out on the road clearing snow berms.  Expect delays and drive with extreme caution.  This travel advisory is in effect for the next 48 hours.

Winter Storm Warning
Haines Borough and Lynn Canal -- winter storm warning in effect from midnight tonight to 12 pm Thursday. Snowfall of 8 to 14 inches is expected tonight and Thursday morning before the snow changes to rain Thursday afternoon.

Fuel Release
On March 9, ADEC responded to a report of a barge that partially sank while moored at the Whittier Small Boat Harbor, in Whittier.  The ADEC response staff has estimated a fuel release of less than one gallon of residual oil from the sunken barge. Fuel tanks on board the barge were not compromised. The cause of spill is under investigation. There have been no reports of impacted wildlife at this time.  More information at this link:  Barge AK 7272 P Partial Sinking Whittier Harbor

Alaska Volcanoes

Current Volcano Alert Level: Advisory
Current Aviation Color Code: Yellow
Seismic activity at Redoubt is low, but above background levels.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory continues to monitor Redoubt but are no longer 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, 12 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.