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SITUATION REPORT 08-221 (as of 11:00 AM, August 8, 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.

Travel Advisory
Dalton Highway
A travel advisory has been issued for the Dalton Highway MP 200.  A Semi-truck and Tanker has overturned on the side of the highway.  

Parks Highway
Experience short delays and pilot car operation on the Parks Highway between MP305, Alaska Native Veterans’ Honor Bridge and MP305.3 North Slough Tanana River Bridge due to bridge dedication beginning at 2:00pm on Friday, August 8, 2008 and ending around 4:00pm.                  

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Volcanic Activity Notice
Kasatochi Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Latest Observations: As of Friday, August 8, 2008 12:21 PM AKDT
Three major explosive eruptions occurred at Kasatochi between 07 August and 08 August. Ash from these explosions reached at least 45,000 ft above sea level. Ash emissions became continuous following the last explosive event and have produced a continuous ash cloud extending for more than 500 miles in a counterclockwise spiral. Ash from this continuous phase is likely at an altitude in excess of 35,000 ft above sea level. The possibility of larger explosive events continues.

More information about activity at Kasatochi Volcano can be found on the AVO web site at www.avo.alaska.edu or by calling 907-786-7497.

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 following:
- Ashfall advisory now in effect until 12 pm Saturday for Umnak Island. As of Friday morning ash is moving westward from the Okmok Volcano. The movement will gradually shift to southwest Friday afternoon and then to south by early Saturday morning.

- Ashfall advisory now in effect until 12 pm Saturday for the central Aleutian Islands between Adak and Atka. Seismic activity indicates that volcanic ash emissions continue from Kasatochi Volcano, located about 45 miles east of Adak.  As of Friday morning ash is moving southward from the volcano. Ash movement will gradually shift to the southeast Friday evening and then to the east Saturday morning.

Air Quality Advisories and Alerts
There is an Air Quality Advisory in effect for Southwest Alaska/Aleutians.  For more information please click here. http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm

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, 11 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.