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Subject:DHS&EM 17 July 2008 Situation Report 08-199 

SITUATION REPORT 08-199 (as of 11:00 AM, July 17, 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)

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

Threat Level Changes

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Okmok Volcano: Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 2:43 PM AKDT
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
The aviation color code for Okmok Volcano has been lowered from RED to ORANGE. The volcano alert level has been lowered from WARNING to WATCH. Okmok Volcano continues to erupt. Seismicity has changed from nearly continuous volcanic tremor to a more episodic character, and the overall seismic intensity has declined. The most recent satellite imagery indicates little or no ash; however weather clouds may be obscuring an ash signal.
A pilot report suggests that ash is no longer rising above 15,000 ft.
All areas in the immediate vicinity of the volcano on Umnak Island should be avoided, particularly the Crater Creek drainage northeast of the caldera. Ash fall may continue downwind of the volcano. Stronger explosive activity could resume at any time with little or no warning.

SECC continues to monitor this event.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski which is in effect until 9 pm AKDT this evening. Pilot reports this morning indicate that Okmok Volcano has begun to erupt again. Ash movement is to the east northeast. Very light ashfall will affect Umnak Island as well as Unalaska Island south and west of Dutch Harbor.

Air Quality Advisories and Alerts
There is an Air Quality Advisory in effect for Southwest Alaska/Aleutians.  For more information please click here. http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm

Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
Preparedness Level: 1
As of July 17, 2008, there have been a total of 321 fires reported with total acreage of 74,145.4.

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 18, 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.