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SITUATION REPORT 08-231 (as of 11:00 AM, August 18, 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.

Travel Advisory, Parks Highway
The Parks Highway is closed at MP174-184 due to an overturned tanker involving hazardous materials for approximately 6 hours.  Travel through this area is not allowed at this time.

DHS&EM Response section have been in contact with Mat-Su Borough and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) concerning this tanker truck rollover at the Parks Highway. The Borough had no requests for State assistance at this time.

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, Denali Borough and the City of Nenana. There are three (3) Disaster Assistance Centers (DAC) open 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.

Alaska Volcano Observatory
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

Other useful link:
Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
Ted Stevens Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for
Current weather warnings and watches for State of Alaska can be found at the National Weather Service:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 19 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.