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Subject:DHS&EM 25 March 2009 Situation Report 09-084 

SITUATION REPORT 09-084 (as of 11:00 AM, 25 March 2009)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
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.)

State of Alaska Situation
The SECC Preparedness Level has been increased to Level 2 due to the current volcanic activity at Redoubt Volcano.  DHS&EM continues to closely monitor the Redoubt volcanic situation.

DHS&EM and the AK Tsunami Warning Center conducted a tsunami warning communications test today at 9:45 a.m. Alaska Standard Time.  The test broadcast went successfully.
Test responses and comments can be submitted by going to this website http://tsunami.gov/test/ or clickhere
Alaska Tsunami Awareness Week Proclamation is available at this website http://www.gov.state.ak.us/proclamations.php?id=1640 or clickhere

Alaska Volcano
Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
A small explosion occurred at Redoubt volcano at 05:12 AKDT. The cloud height is estimated to be about 15,000 ft and is drifting north to northwest of the volcano. The event lasted about 10 minutes.

AVO remains staffed 24 hours per day will issue further information as it becomes available.

For up-to-date Ashfall Advisories and wind trajectories, please refer to the National Weather Service website: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php

Weather Warnings
Western Prince William Sound and Kenai Mountains -- blizzard warning now in effect until 6 pm this evening in Portage Valley.
Kuskokwim Delta -- blizzard warning in effect from 1 pm this afternoon to 4 am Thursday along the coast.
Bristol Bay -- blizzard warning in effect from 1 pm this afternoon to 10 pm this evening in interior areas west of Iliamna
Alaska Peninsula -- blizzard warning now in effect until 1 am Thursday
Eastern Aleutians -- blizzard warning in effect until 6 pm this evening

Flood Advisory
Kodiak Island -- a flood advisory for rain and melting snow along the Kodiak Road System is in effect from 10:00 am today to 5:00 am Thursday. A powerful storm will track over Kodiak Island tonight bringing another round of strong winds and heavy precipitation today and tonight and then diminish to showers on Thursday as the storm moves past Kodiak Island into the northern gulf.  

Travel Advisory
Update:  Dalton Highway
Dalton Highway:  Mileposts 99 through 133.  The windy conditions persist with blowing and drifting snow and low to zero visibility.  Travel is not advised, but if travel necessary, drive slowly with extreme caution.  Watch for equipment and crews out on the road. This advisory is in effect for the next 24 hours.

Useful link:
Air Quality Advisories & Alerts from the AK Department of Environmental Conservation: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/volcano.htm or http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
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, 26 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.