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SITUATION REPORT 08-211 (as of 11:00 AM, July 29, 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

Flood Warnings
Goodpaster River
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Goodpaster River until 800 am AKDT Wednesday up to 3 inches of rain have fallen since early Monday.  Morning at 6am Tuesday the Goodpaster River gage reached a stage of 20.6 ft. In 2006 cabins along the Goodpaster flooded at a stage of 20 ft.

Salcha River
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Salcha River until 8:48 PM AKDT Wednesday.  Heavy rain is continuing to fall in the Salcha River basin. 2 inches of rain has fallen in the last 12 hours near the Richardson Highway Bridge and heavy rain has been reported upstream. The river is reported to be rising rapidly upstream.  At the Richardson Highway Bridge the Salcha River is expected to crest at 17.3 feet at 4AM Wednesday evening.  Flood stage is 14 feet.  Small tributaries feeding the Salcha River will likely be near or above bankfull stages today.

Tanana River in the Deltana and Tanana flats area and in the eastern Alaska Range
The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for tributaries of the Tanana River in the Deltana and Tanana flats area and in the eastern Alaska Range until 11:45 am AKDT Wednesday.  Rainfall amounts from up to 3 inches have fallen across the area.  More rain is expected tonight.
The warning affects rivers draining into the Tanana River along the Alaska Range west of the Tok cutoff and east of the Parks Highway. This area includes the Richardson Highway from Salcha south to Isabel Pass. Rivers are expected to reach flood stage today. Heaviest rainfall tonight is expected to be west of Delta and Isabel Pass.

Chignik Alaska, Fire
Trident Seafoods Corporation 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. http://www.dec.state.ak.us/spar/perp/response/sum_fy09/080721201/080721201_index.htm

DHS&EM, SECC continues to monitor this situation.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Current Status Report as of: Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:55 AM AKDT

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Cleveland.php for current information.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Okmok.php for current information.

Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels.

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 Nikolsk until 12PM AKDT.

Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
Preparedness Level: 1
As of July 28, 2008, there have been a total of 331 fires reported with total acreage of 79,528.

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 30, 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.