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From:Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:17 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM 12 August 2008 Situation Report 08-225 

SITUATION REPORT 08-225 (as of 11:00 AM, August 12, 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
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has Preliminary Damage Assessment teams deployed in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the City of Nenana. A total of three Disaster Assistance Centers are scheduled to be activated tomorrow to assist individuals affected by the 2008 Tanana Basin Flooding.  Please see the attached incident situation report for details.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
Current Status Report as of Tuesday, August 12, 2008 12:23 PM AKDT

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Satellite data from this morning indicate that Cleveland volcano erupted a small ash plume to about 25,000 feet. As of about 11:00 AM AKDT the plume had drifted southwest about 60 miles (100 km) and appears to be dissipating.

Kasatochi Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
The remnant volcanic ash plume from the eruption of Kasatochi last week has not dissipated and is forecast by National Weather Service to move over southeast Alaska. The ash-gas cloud will remain suspended at higher altitudes and no ash fall is expected to occur at ground levels.

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Eruptive activity continues at Okmok Volcano. No ash clouds have been observed in satellite data, but a pilot report this morning indicated an ash plume to 15,000 feet. An observer in Nikolski, west of the volcano, also reported seeing an ash plume above the volcano yesterday.

Volcano information on the internet: http://www.avo.alaska.edu

Recording on the status of alaska's volcanoes (907) 786-7478

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:

- Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski. The ashfall advisory is now in effect until 12 PM AKDT Wednesday. 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.

- Central Aleutians including Atka and Adak. The ashfall advisory is now in effect until 12 PM AKDT Wednesday. There has been no detectable ash emissions from  Kasatochi Volcano for more than 24 hours. So ashfall over western Atka Island and the nearby islands are unlikely at this moment.

- Cleveland volcano, located 145 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor has begun to erupt again with the ash plume extending up to 26,000 ft. Ash movement to the south will continue for the next 24 hours. Ashfall is expected across the nearby islands.

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, 13 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.