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From:Thursday, July 31, 2008 3:17 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 31 July 2008 Situation Report 08-213 

SITUATION REPORT 08-212 (as of 11:00 AM, July 31, 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

Tanana Basin Flooding
Heavy rain over several days has caused flooding in areas of the Tanana River basin.  The areas most heavily affected are Salcha, Rosie Creek and the Nenana River near Tanana.  The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) EOC and the State Emergency Coordination Center have been activated.  The SECC is actively coordinating State actions with the FNSB and other affected jurisdictions and agencies.  The SECC has a liaison in the FNSB EOC.  The FNSB is continuing to provide assistance for voluntary evacuations in the affected areas.  The FNSB has issued several press releases with additional details, which are located here: http://www.co.fairbanks.us.

Flood Warning
Salcha River Basin
The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Salcha River until 12 pm Saturday.  Significant rain has fallen over the Salcha River basin since Monday. An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected to fall over the area through Thursday night.   Floodwaters have receded several feet from the high levels which occurred on Wednesday. Multiple rain events since Monday will result fluctuating water levels on the Salcha River.  The river is expected to remain near or above flood stage through at least Saturday.  Flooding is still occurring along low lying areas adjacent to the river. This includes portions of the boat launch near the Richardson Highway bridge cabins along the river. Water levels will also remain high near the mouth of the Salcha River due to the high water on the Tanana River.

Flood Watch
Denali Area
The National Weather Service is continuing the flood watch for the Denali area including Healy, Denali National Park, Carlo Creek and Kantishna through Friday morning for Denali National Park and rivers and streams along the Parks Highway.  Substantial rain is falling today and will continue tonight into early Friday.  Many locations will receive an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain by Friday morning. Rivers and streams in Denali National Park and along the Parks Highway, such as Dry Creek, will likely be bank full or possibly rise over bank through Friday morning

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Current Status Report as of: Thursday, July 31, 2008

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.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski until 12PM AKDT Friday.

Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
Preparedness Level: 1
As of July 31 2008, there have been a total of 334 fires reported with total acreage of 90,893.

The Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team has been ordered to go to the Siskiyou Complex in northern California.

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, August 1, 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.