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From:Monday, August 11, 2008 1:35 PM -0800
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STATE OF ALASKA
DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY
AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

SITUATION REPORT 08-224 (as of 11:00 AM, August 11, 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.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Current Status Report as of Sunday, August 10, 2008 2:12 PM AKDT
Kasatochi Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
The intense seismic activity associated with the Kasatochi eruption has declined but low level activity can be detected on the AVO seismic network on nearby Great Sitkin Island 25 mi to the east. Vigorous ash emissions (up to 35,000 feet) have not been observed in satellite data for over two days and AVO has received no pilot reports of ash clouds.

OKMOK VOLCANO
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Eruptive activity continues at Okmok Volcano on Umnak Island in the eastern Aleutian Islands. The intensity of activity has been variable over the past day, showing both steady and at times elevated seismicity. A low-level steam plume is seen in satellite data extending towards the southeast at an estimated altitude of less than 20,000 feet ASL.

Details of Volcano episode of unrest please go to this website:  http://www.avo.alaska.edu/.  
Other useful link: Ted Stevens Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/

Please see http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels.

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

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the following:

- Ashfall advisory now in effect until 12 pm act Tuesday for
Umnak Island and western Unalaska Island. The ashfall advisory is now in effect until 12 pm AKDT Tuesday. Seismic activity indicates that occasional volcanic ash emissions continue from Okmok Volcano. Ash movement is to the south and will continue in that direction for the next 24 hours.

- Ashfall advisory now in effect until 12 pm AKDT Tuesday for western Atka Island and other nearby islands. Seismic activity indicates that occasional volcanic ash emissions continue from Kasatochi Volcano. Ash movement is currently to the south and will continue in that direction for the next 24 hours.

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, 12 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