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SITUATION REPORT 09-075 (as of 11:00 AM, 16 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 Advisories
Elliott Highway
A travel advisory is issued on the Elliott Highway between Mileposts 92-116 due to severe weather conditions, strong winds, drifting and blowing snow. Travel is not advised.  Maintenance crews will try to clear the roadway, but due to zero visibility, may have to stop all attempts.  The highway is drifted shut at this time.  Wind chill is causing extremely cold temperatures in this area.                                  

Dalton Highway
Travel advisory for Mileposts 236 through 244 (Atigun Pass) of the Dalton Highway.  The winds have increased to 50 mph with blowing and drifting snow and visibility is now down to zero.  Travel is not advised at this time.  This advisory is in effect for the next 24 hours.

Weather Warnings
Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast -- wind chill warning in effect until 6 pm this afternoon
Northern Slopes of the Brooks Range from the Colville River Westward -- wind chill warning in effect until 12 pm Tuesday
Northern Slopes of the Brooks Range East of the Colville River -- wind chill warning in effect until 12 pm Tuesday
Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys -- wind chill warning now in effect until 12 pm Tuesday
Southern Slopes of the Eastern Brooks Range -- wind chill warning in effect until 12 pm Tuesday
Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands -- wind chill warning in effect until 12 pm Tuesday
Denali -- wind chill warning in effect until 12 pm Tuesday

Alaska Volcano
Alaska Volcano Observatory Current Status Report, 16 March 2009
Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: Orange
Current Volcano Alert Level: Watch
Seismic activity at Redoubt has declined following yesterday's four-hour-long increase that accompanied emission of a steam and ash plume, which rose up to 15,000 ft above sea level. A minor ash fall was produced within the crater and on the upper south flank of Redoubt. AVO scientists aboard an observation flight at the volcano witnessed onset of the activity and conducted gas measurements. It does not appear at this time that a significant eruption is likely in the short term, but conditions may evolve rapidly.

Note:  The AVO increased the level of concern and alert level to Orange/Watch yesterday, 15 March 2009 due to Redoubt’s increased seismic activity.

AVO is monitoring the situation closely and the AVO operations center in Anchorage has resumed 24 hour per day staffing.

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, 17 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.