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From:Monday, May 12, 2008 1:26 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 12 May 2008 Situation Report 08-133 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-133 (as of 11:00 AM, May 12, 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 is now operating out of Bethel and continues aerial observation of river ice conditions along the Kuskokwim River. Today's reconnaissance will focus on the areas from Tuluksak to Bethel. The ice jam below Aniak broke loose Sunday morning. The ice below Kalskag to past Bethel is mostly rotten ice with some open reaches.

Our third team is deploying today, 12 May, for aerial reconnaissance of Middle Yukon River.  

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/

Red Flag Warning:
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued red flag warnings for the following:
- Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country.  Red flag warning is in effect until 10 pm this evening for strong wind for the Yukon River valley. Discussion: Southeast winds will gust to 30 mph with humidities falling below 30 per cent by Monday afternoon and evening for the Yukon River valley. Humidities will recover above 30 per cent late Monday as temperatures fall and a moist airmass moves into the region.

- Deltana and Tanana Flats. Red flag warning remains in effect until 10 pm this evening for strong wind. Discussion: South winds will gust to 30 mph with humidities falling below 30 per cent Monday afternoon and evening. Rh values will recover above 30 per cent late Monday as temperatures fall and a moist airmass moves into the region.

- Denali. Red flag warning remains in effect until 10 pm this evening for strong wind. Discussion. South winds will gust to 50 mph with humidities falling below 30 per cent by Monday afternoon. Humidities will recover above 30 per cent late Monday as temperatures fall and a moist airmass moves into the region.

-Eastern Alaska Range. Red flag warning remains in effect until 10 pm this evening for strong wind. Discussion: south winds will gust to 35 mph with humidities falling below 30 per cent by Monday afternoon. Humidities will recover above 30 per cent late Monday as temperatures fall and a moist airmass moves into the region.

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 13, 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.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf