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Subject:DHS&EM 17 March 2009 Situation Report 09-076 

SITUATION REPORT 09-076 (as of 11:00 AM, 17 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
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

Northern Slopes of the Brooks Range East of the Colville River -- wind chill warning now in effect until 12 pm Wednesday through passes
Upper Kobuk and Noatak Valleys -- wind chill warning now in effect until 12 pm Wednesday
Southern Slopes of the Eastern Brooks Range -- wind chill warning now in effect until 12 pm Wednesday
Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands -- wind chill warning now in effect until 12 pm Wednesday on summits

Alaska Volcano

Alaska Volcano Observatory Current Status Report, 17 March 2009
Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: Orange
Current Volcano Alert Level: Watch
Seismic activity at Redoubt has been low over the past 24 hours but remains above background levels.

Partially clear views by satellite showed nothing unusual in the last 24 hours. Clear views by web camera this morning show nothing unusual.

It does not appear at this time that a significant eruption is likely in the short term, but conditions may evolve rapidly. AVO is monitoring the situation closely and the AVO operations center in Anchorage is staffed 24 hour 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, 18 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.