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SITUATION REPORT 08-132 (as of 11:00 AM, May 11, 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
The Kuskokwim team continues aerial observation of river ice conditions along the Kuskokwim River from Aniak to Bethel.  This morning, water levels are slightly lower and there is a light run of ice passing Aniak in the main channel. As of the 5/10 7 pm overflight, the ice jam down river remained in place, but the sheets were cracking and water was going under and around the jammed ice with little restriction. The ice backed up by the jam extended to about a mile below Aniak. The ice below the jam continues to rot. Below the jam are 12 miles of in-place ice down to the head of the old channel that bypasses Kalskag.  From there to the Bluffs below Kalskag was shifting with open reaches and very rotten ice. The River Watch team will fly the river between Aniak and Bethel today (5/11) and operate out of Bethel for the remainder of breakup.

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 National Weather Service has issued red flag warnings for the Matanuska Valley, the Copper River Basin, Deltana and the Tanana Flats, the Denali area and the northeastern slopes of the eastern Alaska Range.  Please see http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for current fire weather forecasts.

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 2:00 PM, May 12, 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.