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From:Wednesday, August 6, 2008 1:42 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 6 August 2008 Situation Report 08-219 
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-219 (as of 11:00 AM, August 6, 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
No change.

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 Statement - Cancellation
Central Interior Alaska: The flood warning has been cancelled for the Tanana River from Old Minto to Manley Hot Springs. Water levels on the Tanana River between Old Minto to Manley Hot Springs will gradually fall through the end of the week.

Travel Advisory, Richardson Highway
The DOT&PF, Fairbanks District Maintenance & Operations has issued a travel advisory for the Fairbanks District Roadways:  
The Richardson Highway will be closed from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am August 4, 5, 6 and 7, due to culvert installation.  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.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
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.

Volcanic Activity Notice
Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Issued: Wednesday, August 6, 2008, 11:16 AM AKDT
Volcanic Activity Summary: Volcanic unrest at Cleveland Volcano has decreased over the past week. The strong thermal anomaly observed in satellite views of the summit and flanks of the volcano, first observed July 21, has been decreasing in intensity. This indicates that the hot flows erupted onto the upper west, south, and southeast flanks are slowing or have stopped. No ash plumes have been observed in satellite images since July 29. Local observers have not noted plumes or ash fall from the volcano, though visibility is often limited.
Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Cleveland.php for more 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. An ashfall advisory remains in effect until 12 pm AKDT Thursday.  Seismic activity indicates that volcanic ash emissions continue from Okmok Volcano. Ash is moving west to northwest from the volcano. This movement is expected to continue through into Thursday. Light ashfall is expected across Umnak Island.

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, 7 August, 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.
                        http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/20120.pdf