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SITUATION REPORT 08-203 (as of 11:00 AM, July 21, 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: Sunday, July 20, 2008, 10:02 PM AKDT
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Volcanic Activity Summary: 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. The eruption of Okmok Volcano continues. Seismicity has changed from nearly continuous volcanic tremor to a more episodic character, and the overall seismic intensity has declined over the past 14 hours. The most recent satellite imagery indicates an intermittent ash plume is rising to 15,000 to 20,000 ft above sea level. Reports from pilots indicate a plume of ash and steam is reaching roughly 15,000 ft. above sea level. Stronger explosive activity could resume at any time with little or no warning.

SECC continues to monitor this event.

Cleveland Volcano
As of Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:25 AM AKDT
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY
AVO monitors Cleveland Volcano with satellite imagery as weather allows. The lack of a real-time seismic network at Cleveland means that AVO is unable to track local earthquake activity related to volcanic unrest. Short-lived explosions of ash that could exceed 20,000 ft above sea level can occur without warning and may go undetected on satellite imagery. Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Cleveland.php for more information.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the following:
- Central Aleutians including Atka and Adak. Ashfall advisory is in effect until 3 am AKDT Tuesday for the Central Aleutian Islands east of Yunaska. Preliminary reports indicate that Cleveland Volcano is erupting. Ashfall is possible in the Central Aleutians east of Yunaska. Ash will be moving to the east southeast.

- Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski. An ashfall advisory remains in effect until 3 am AKDT Tuesday for Umnak Island and Unalaska Island south and west of Dutch Harbor. Seismic activity and satellite imagery continue to indicate eruptive activity from Okmok Volcano located about 75 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor. Ash movement is to the east southeast. Very light ashfall will affect areas in the vicinity of Umnak Island and Unalaska Island south and west of Dutch Harbor.

Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
Preparedness Level: 1
As of July 21, 2008, there have been a total of 323 fires reported with total acreage of 75,246.1.

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 22, 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.