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SITUATION REPORT 08-131 (as of 11:00 AM, May 10, 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 Team continues river watch of the Kuskokwim Rivers.  

The Kuskokwim team continues aerial observation of river ice conditions along the Kuskokwim River to Sleetmute.  The team reports that the river ice was moving through all channels and through the Aniak Slough which was observed as almost entirely open. As of now, water levels in Aniak are good. The ice passing through is not solid and shows no evidence of candle ice. It is still undetermined how strong the ice is below Aniak.

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/

Fire Weather Watches:
The NWS in Anchorage has issued a fire weather watch that is in effect from Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening for strong wind for the Matanuska Valley. Southeast winds may increase and humidities could possibly fall enough to increase fire danger in the windier areas of the Matanuska Valley.

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.

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 11, 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.