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SITUATION REPORT 08-136 (as of 11:00 AM, May 15, 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 is working with the National Weather Service to determine when to launch the Lower Yukon Team.

A copy of the yesterday’s SECC’s Riverwatch Situation Report is attached.  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 Watch:
The NWS in Anchorage has issued a flood watch for the Kuskokwim Delta. Flood watch is now in effect through Thursday afternoon for the Kuskokwim River from Akiachak to Akiak due to ice jam flooding. An ice jam remains in place down river from Akiak that has caused water to flow over the banks into sloughs and side channels. Water levels will remain high at Akiak and other areas up river from the jam until the jam releases. After the ice jam releases, the water levels at Akiachak are likely to rend of record.

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.

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 16, 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.