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SITUATION REPORT 09-079 (as of 11:00 AM, 20 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.)

Weather Warning
Central Aleutians including Atka and Adak. Blizzard warning is in effect until 4PM Saturday. East winds 35 to 50 mph tonight along with snow and blowing snow will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times through Saturday afternoon.

Alaska Volcanoes
You may find AVO’s Weekly Update at: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: GREEN
Current Volcano Alert Level: NORMAL
AVO reduced the Aviation Color Code to GREEN and the Volcanic Alert Level to NORMAL for Okmok volcano earlier today. Seismic activity at Okmok has been at low to near background levels and satellite views show no activity over the past two weeks.

Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code/Alert Level: YELLOW/ADVISORY
The color code and alert level was reduced to YELLOW/Advisory on March 18, 2009. Seismic activity at Redoubt has been low over the week but remains above background levels. It is still possible for unrest at the volcano to change rapidly, and seismic activity or other signs of unrest could escalate over time periods as short as 24 hours or less. AVO continues to monitor Redoubt closely, but the AVO operations center in Anchorage is no longer formally staffed 24 hours per day.

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code/Alert Level: YELLOW/ADVISORY
AVO has received no new reports of activity over the past 24 hours.

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, 23 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.