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Subject:DHS&EM 29 April 2008 Situation Report 08-120 

SITUATION REPORT 08-120 (as of 11:00 AM, April 29, 2008)

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)

Threat Level Changes
No change.

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics)

Power Failure, Twin Hills
On 28 April 2008, Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) reported that the power went out in Twin Hills early Sunday morning. A mechanic is on-scene today and has started repairs to the power plant.  DHS&EM has made contact with the community and confirmed that there are no known life/safety issues. Phones are working intermittently and the community has VHF radio contact with Togiak. Twin Hills is located near the mouth of the Twin Hills River, a tributary of the Togiak River, 386 miles southwest of Anchorage. The area encompasses 21.8 sq. miles of land and 0.3 sq. miles of water.

Juneau Avalanche
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is reviewing the City and Borough's request for assistance regarding 16 April 2008, avalanche.

Spring Breakup Outlook For Alaska
The NWS AK Pacific River Forecast Center in Anchorage reports that flood potential for Alaska from snowmelt and ice jams this spring breakup season is rated as average, though locations in western Alaska have an above average ice jam flood potential based on current snow and river ice conditions and long range temperature forecasts.  They also state that weather is the greatest factor in determining the severity of breakup during the next two to three weeks. If a significant period of warmer than normal air temperatures occur runoff generated from snowmelt will likely initiate a mechanical breakup on interior rivers. Currently no significant period of above normal air temperatures is being forecast by the numerical weather models. For more information on river conditions/breakup map, please go this website:  http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/data/maps/brkup_map.php

2008 Riverwatch Program
The DHS&EM Operations section is actively preparing for the Riverwatch program.  This program monitors the breakup of major rivers in Alaska and warns residents along those rivers of potential flooding from ice jams. The 2008 Spring Flood Breakup Guide is posted on our website at http://www.ak-prepared.com/

Current weather warnings and watches for State of Alaska can be found at the following National Weather Service web site:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

Alaska Volcano Information:  Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/

DOT&PF Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or by calling 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 AM, April 30, 2008. 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.