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SITUATION REPORT 08-227 (as of 11:00 AM, August 14, 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 continue damage assessment and recovery efforts for Public and Individual Assistance in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the City of placeCityNenana. A total of three Disaster Assistance Centers (DAC) have opened to assist individuals affected by the 2008 Tanana Basin Flooding. The DACs will remain open until Aug. 20. Please see the attached incident situation report for details.

Flood Advisory
The National Weather Service in Juneau has extended the flood advisory for the Taiya River until 615 pm AKDT Thursday.  At 902 am AKDT the Taiya River has appeared to have crested at 16.9 feet and is expected to slowly diminish through the afternoon as rainfall will continue to diminish. At a stage of 16.8 feet knee to thigh deep water at 2.7 mile of the Chilkoot Trail.

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

Cleveland Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH

Kasatochi Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH

Okmok Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE
Current Volcano Alert Level: WATCH

Recording on the status of Alaska’s volcanoes (907) 786-7478

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 CityAnchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the placeEastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski. The ashfall advisory is now in effect until timeHour12Minute0012 PM AKDT Friday. Seismic activity indicates that occasional volcanic ash emissions continue from Okmok Volcano. Ash movement is to the east southeast. Light ashfall is expected across western Unalaska Island and placeUmnak Island.

Current weather warnings and watches for State of placeStateAlaska 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, 15 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.