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Subject:DHS&EM 9 May 2008 Situation Report 08-130 

SITUATION REPORT 08-130 (as of 11:00 AM, May 9, 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)

2008 Riverwatch Program
DHS&EM’s Riverwatch Field Teams continue river watch of the upper Yukon and the Kuskokwim Rivers.  

The Upper Yukon team continues their land and aerial reconnaissance of river ice conditions along the Yukon River in the Fort Yukon.  This team will be doing aerial observations of river ice conditions from Central, Circle, past Fort Yukon downriver to Beaver.  From Beaver, the team will fly over Stevens Village and Rampart and weather permitting, land in Tanana. They will fly the Tanana River and observe ice conditions at Tolavana, Manley Hot Springs and Old Minto. This will conclude this team’s aerial reconnaissance of the Upper Yukon.

The Kuskokwim team arrived Aniak on 8 May.  This team made aerial reconnaissance of Stony River.  They reported some ice moving at Red Devil.  From Stony River to Sleetmute, the ice is moving as expected, no known issues at this time.  Today, the team’s goal is to aerial observation of the Kuskokwim River to Sleetmute past Red Devil, Georgetown to Crooked Creek.

Attached is a copy of the SECC’s Riverwatch situation Report.  This report is updated daily at 4pm.  

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/

Flood Warning/Watches:
The NWS in Fairbanks has extended flood warning for ice jam flooding on the Tanana River from below Old Minto to Manley Landing until 500 pm Saturday.  Multiple ice jams between Old Minto and Manley Landing flooding has ended at Old Minto as ice has moved downstream, but flooding has spread below the mouth of the Tolavana and is expected as far downstream as Manley Landing.

Alaska Spring Breakup Summary
The NWS Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center in Anchorage publishes the spring breakup summary for Alaska. For detailed information and to see a flood potential map, breakup map, and other breakup information for Alaska refer to this web site at Http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov.

Travel Advisories
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has issued travel advisories to the following:

Parks Highway, MP242.8, Moody Bridge
The Parks Highway will be closed at MP242.8 for the duration of 15 minutes on the following dates and times due to blasting under the Moody Bridge by the Alaska Railroad:
1:00 pm. Friday May 9, 2008
Please reduce speeds and use caution through this area.

Parks Highway, MP163.2, Little Coal Creek Bridge
A one lane closure is issued on the Parks Highway at milepost 163.2, Little Coal Creek Bridge for today, 9 May due to fiber optic line installation.  Motorists are advised to reduce speeds and use caution through this area.  Watch for road crews and equipment working on the bridge.

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, May 10, 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.