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SITUATION REPORT 08-204 (as of 11:00 AM, July 22, 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

Chignik Alaska, Fire
Trident Seafoods Corporation which is located at Chignik Alaska reported a fire to the Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) on July 21.  The city of Chignik is located 450 miles Southwest of Anchorage, on the Peninsula.  The volume of fuel/chemical release is unknown at this time. It was reported that the main processing plant has an estimated 9,500 pound of ammonia and an estimated 4,000 gallons of diesel are at the facility. The cause of the fire is under investigation.  For more information please to this link:  http://www.dec.state.ak.us/spar/perp/response/sum_fy09/080721201/080721201_index.htm

DHS&EM, SECC is in contact with the Lake and Peninsula Borough, ADEC, and the Red Cross.  SECC are receiving incident updates and are coordinating efforts as needed or requested.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Current Status Report as of: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 11:23 AM AKDT

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Recent satellite data show a >50 km steam plume, possibly containing some ash, drifting E/SE at between 10,000 and 20,000 feet above sea level. Satellite data also show a strong thermal anomaly at Cleveland, which may indicate a lava flow. However, AVO has as of yet received no eyewitness reports of lava at Cleveland.
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Cleveland.php for more information.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
The eruption of Okmok Volcano continues. Seismicity increased overnight from around midnight to 03:00 AKDT (08:00 - 11:00 UTC), but has declined somewhat since then. Currently, seismicity consists of episodic pulses occasionally grading into continuous volcanic tremor. Recent satellite data show plumes of steam and/or ash drifting E/SE within 50 km of Okmok at between 20,000 and 30,000 feet above sea level. Stronger explosive activity could resume at any time with little or no warning.
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Okmok.php for more information.

SECC continues to monitor both events.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski. The ashfall advisory is now in effect until midnight AKDT tonight for Unmak and Unalaska Island south and west of Dutch Harbor. Seismic activity and satellite imagery continue to indicate eruptive activity from Okmok Volcano. 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. Some areas may experience haze or dust particles in the air from the volcano.

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 22, 2008, there have been a total of 323 fires reported with total acreage of 79,318.3.

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 23, 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.