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Subject:DHS&EM 18 March 2009 Situation Report 09-077 

SITUATION REPORT 09-077 (as of 11:00 AM, 18 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 MP92 – MP116   
Travel not advised especially after 5:00pm on the Elliott Highway between MP92-MP116 due to severe weather conditions, strong winds, drifting and blowing snow. Maintenance crews will try to clear the roadway, but due to low visibility and strong winds, progress will be slow.  The highway is drifted shut at this time.  Crew should be clearing by mid morning.  The highway will drift closed after 5:00pm should strong winds continue.  

Dalton Highway
A travel advisory has been issued for Mileposts 235 through 244 (Atigun Pass) of the Dalton Highway due to reports of high winds with blowing and drifting snow and low visibility.  Drive with extreme caution and watch for equipment and crews out on the road.

Weather Warnings

Inner Channels from Kupreanof Island to Etolin Island -- winter storm warning in effect until 2 pm this afternoon

Northern Slopes of the Brooks Range East of the Colville River -- wind chill warning now in effect until 12 pm Thursday through the passes

Alaska Volcano

Alaska Volcano Observatory
AVO/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice, Wednesday, 18 March 2009, 9:41 AM

Volcano: Redoubt
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
The Alaska Volcano Observatory has lowered the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Alert Level to Advisory for Mount Redoubt. Following the steam and ash emission on Sunday, March 15, seismicity has declined to levels prior to that event, and no additional emissions have been observed in web camera or satellite images. The new magma beneath the volcano does not show signs of upward movement at this time. The volcano remains restless with abnormally high rates of gas emission and continued melting of the summit glacier. It is still possible for the current period of unrest to result in an eruption. However, the type of unrest we have observed so far could persist for many months to a year or more and not lead to an eruption. It is possible for conditions at the volcano to change rapidly, advancing from relatively low levels of activity 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, 19 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.