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SITUATION REPORT 08-217 (as of 11:00 AM, August 4, 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
SECC Preparedness level increased to Level 3.  The SECC has been activated in support of a disaster event, the Tanana Basin Flooding.

Tanana Basin Flooding
Heavy rain over several days has caused flooding in areas of the Tanana River basin.  Please see the attached incident situation report for details.

Flood Warning
The National Weather Service in Fairbanks has issued a flood warning for the Central Interior which remains in effect until noon AKDT Tuesday for the Tanana River from Nenana to Manley Hot Springs.
- The flood crest on the Tanana River moved through Nenana on Saturday and is expected to pass through Manley Hot Springs today.
- In Nenana, the Tanana River is expected to remain above the flood stage of 12.5 ft in Nenana through Tuesday morning.
- From Nenana to Manley Hot Springs, the Tanana River is running over bank and flooding some areas downstream of Nenana.
- Water levels on the Tanana River will gradually fall over the next few days.

Flood Advisory Cancelled
The flood advisory has been cancelled for the Chena in the vicinity of North Pole and Moose Creek.  The Chena River is not expected to rise above flood stage during the foreseeable future.

Travel Advisories
The DOT&PF, Fairbanks District Maintenance & Operations has issued the following:
For Fairbanks District Roadways:  
-Due to Presidential visit, the Richardson Highway along the Eielson Air Force Base frontage will be closed intermittently for approximately 20 minute time frames for security reasons between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm today.  All emergency vehicles will be able to pass/transport with the escorts provided.

-Due to culvert installation, the Richardson Highway will be closed from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am August 4, 5, 6 and 7.  Traffic will be stopped at the BLM Paxson Lake Campground and at the Paxson Lodge - mile posts 174 - 185.  The road will be open to traffic during the day.  There will be lane restrictions and pilot cars throughout the area.  Expect delays of approximately 30 minutes.  Work will continue on this project until mid September.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory which is now in effect for the Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski until 12PM AKDT Tuesday. Seismic activity and satellite imagery continue to indicate eruptive activity from Okmok Volcano. Ash is moving west and southwest from the volcano. Light ashfall is expected across Umnak Island.

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.

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 5, 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.