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SITUATION REPORT 08-191 (as of 11:00 AM, July 9, 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

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics.)

Travel Advisory - Steese Highway
The Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Fairbanks District Maintenance and Operations has issued the following:
A travel advisory has been issued for the Steese highway at mile 138 through 139.5.~ The Steese highway is impassable at this location due to a wash out. Crews will be working in the area to restore the road. A travel advisory update will be issued as conditions change.

Flood Watches
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks continues flood watches now in effect until 6PM this afternoon for a portion of northern Alaska including the Upper Tanana Valley, Fortymile Country and the Eastern Alaska Range.

Flood Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a high water levels for Copper River tributaries.  Flood advisory for high water levels on small streams in Copper River basin through 9:00 pm today. Rain since Sunday caused small streams to rise significantly during the past 3 days. Bankfull levels and erosion are being reported on many streams in the Copper River basin. Water levels on most small streams should begin to fall today. No significant flooding is expected.

Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
Preparedness Level: 1
As of July 9, 2008, there have been a total of 297 fires reported with total acreage of 42,796.0.

Please see the AICC, an Interagency Incident Support Website, http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ for TFR Information and additional wildfire news and information.

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 11:00 am, July 10, 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.