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SITUATION REPORT 09-072 (as of 11:00 AM, 13 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
Elliott Highway
The Elliott Highway has drifted closed between mileposts 92 – 115; and there is a piece of equipment blocking the roadway at Milepost 100.  Travel is not advised at this time.                                                 

Dalton Highway
UPDATE:  There are two disabled trucks at Milepost 382, making this section down to one lane.  Also, there is a continued report of high winds and blowing and drifting snow at mileposts 356 through 415. Travel is not advised at this time.  If traveling is necessary, please drive with extreme caution.  This advisory is in effect for the next 24 hours.

Alaska Volcano
Alaska Volcano Observatory Weekly Update, March 13, 2009 (For complete details go to:  http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/)

Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code/Volcano Alert Level: Yellow/Advisory
On Tuesday, March 10, 2009, AVO lowered the color code and alert level to yellow/advisory on the basis of declining seismicity, heat output, and no significant change in gas emission.

Seismic activity at Redoubt has been low over the past week but remains above background levels. The seismicity consists of occasional short periods of low amplitude volcanic tremor and small discrete earthquakes interspersed between periods of no seismic activity. Yesterday afternoon, 3/12/09, a steam plume rising just above the summit of the volcano was visible by web camera.

AVO continues to monitor Redoubt closely, but the AVO operations center in Anchorage is no longer formally staffed 24 hours per day.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code/Volcano Alert Level: Yellow/Advisory
Seismic activity at Okmok has been at a low level throughout the week. Clouds have obscured the volcano in satellite views and AVO has received no reports of activity this week.

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code/Volcano Alert Level: Yellow/Advisory
AVO has received no new reports of activity at Cleveland over the past week. Satellite views have been obscured by clouds all week.

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, 16 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.