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From:Tuesday, May 13, 2008 12:16 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 13 May 2008 Situation Report 08-134 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-134 (as of 11:00 AM, May 13, 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. The teams will overfly upriver from Bethel today and observe ice condition between Akiachak and Tuluksak.

The Middle Yukon Team’s aerial reconnaissance will be between Galena and Kaltag.  They will also fly between Buckland and Kobuk Rivers to assess the river ice conditions and a flood threat.

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/

Alaska Spring Breakup Summary
The following is an updated summary from the NWS Alaska-Pacific River Forecast Center in Anchorage. Note:  Even though a particular river or reach may be described as mostly open or open, it is still possible for runs of ice and debris to move through as headwaters upstream breakup.  Please use caution at all times when attempting to navigate rivers.

Recent Breakup Activity:
Yukon River:  The Yukon River is mostly open with some ice runs from Canadian Border to Tanana. The breakup front passed Ruby Sunday evening with no flood threats and was going by Galena Monday morning. The ice at Nulato has shifted and many tributaries have broken up and are dumping snowmelt into the Yukon.

Kuskokwim River:  The ice broke up at Mcgrath on Saturday evening with no flood threat. The Kuskokwim River between the Swift River confluences above Stony River to Kalskag is mostly open. The ice jam below Aniak broke loose Sunday morning and passed Kalskag with no flood threat. The ice jammed again 12 miles up river from Tuluksak. Below the jam to past Bethel is mostly rotten ice with some open reaches.

Tanana River:  The Tanana River is mostly open with occasional stranded ice over most of its length.

Nushagak River:  No recent reports.

Copper River:  The Copper River has open reaches over most of its length except the Canyon. Copper River tributaries are mostly open.

Susitna River:  There are mostly open reaches below the Parks Highway Bridge to the mouth of the river. There are likely to be periodic ice runs and stranded ice in side channels for a while.

Skwentna River:  The river is mostly open.

Yentna River:  The river is mostly open.

Seward Peninsula: The Snake River is open at the bridge and in town but still ice remaining up river. No recent reports on other rivers in the area.

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.

Red Flag Warnings:
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a red flag warning for the Copper River Basin:  Red flag warning in effect from noon today to 9 pm this evening for strong wind. South wind will be 15 gusting to 35 mph in the Copper River basin especially along and near the Copper River. The humidity is expected to drop to 25 to 30 percent by around noon then recover to around 40 to 50 percent around 9 pm.

The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued the following:

- Deltana and Tanana Flats. Red flag warning is in effect until 10 pm this evening for strong wind. Discussion: South winds will gust to 40 mph and humidities will drop below 30 per cent again today. Wind speeds will fall below warning criteria and RH values will recover this evening.

- Denali. Red flag warning is in effect from noon today to 10 pm this evening for strong wind. Discussion: southeast winds will gust to 55 mph and humidities will drop to 30 per cent again this afternoon. Wind speeds will fall below warning criteria overnight and RH values will recover this evening.

-Eastern Alaska Range. Red flag warning is in effect until 10 pm this evening for strong wind. Discussion: south winds will gust to 45 mph and humidities will drop below 30 percent again today. Wind speeds will fall below warning criteria overnight and RH values will recover this evening.

Please see http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for current fire weather forecasts.

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 14, 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