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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

Salcha River and Rosie Creek Flooding
Heavy rain over the last several days has caused flooding of the Salcha River and Rosie Creek.  The Fairbanks North Star Borough has activated their EOC and is responding.  The Fairbanks North Star Borough has issued several press releases here: http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/EmergencyOperations/FloodPressReleases.pdf.  DHS&EM has deployed a member of the Response Staff to the Fairbanks EOC at the request of the North Star Borough to act as a laison.

Flood Warning
The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for tributaries of the Tanana River in the following areas Deltana and Tanana flats and in the Eastern Alaska Range until 11:45 am AKDT Thursday. Rainfall amounts up to 4 inches have fallen across the area since early Monday. The warning affects rivers draining into the Tanana River along he Alaska Range west of the Richardson Highway and east of the Parks Highway. Rivers are expected to be near flood stage through on Thursday.

Flood Watch
Denali area including Healy, Denali National Park, Carlo Creek and Kantishna:
The flood watch continues for a portion of northern Alaska including the Denali area through Thursday morning.  Substantial rain fell in the area last night. Many locations reported rainfall between one half inch and one inch overnight.  A small stream flood advisory has been issued for the area. Flooding of larger streams and rivers remains a threat. This is true of the Nenana River in particular.

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: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
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 Thursday.

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/

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 31, 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.