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Subject:DHS&EM 19 August 2008 Situation Report 08-232 

SITUATION REPORT 08-232 (as of 11:00 AM, August 19, 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.

Flood Warning
The National Weather Service in Juneau has issued a flood warning due to a glacial lake outburst for the Taku River until 1215 pm AKDT Thursday. At 1222 pm AKDT, the Taku River continues to rise toward flood stage. The rate of rise of the river level indicates that the river will reach flood stage around 1 am Wednesday morning. At this time the river is forecasted to crest later Wednesday morning and remain at a high level and flow into Thursday.

Water temperatures remain in the upper 30s which further supports that a glacier dam has released. The very cold water with high levels and strong flow have created very hazardous conditions. Expect debris in the form of ice chunks and logs to also be a hazard. Persons with property along the river should use extreme caution during preparations for this flood.

Ashfall Advisory
The National Weather Service of Anchorage has issued an ashfall advisory for the Eastern Aleutians including Unalaska and Nikolski. The ashfall advisory is now in effect until 12 pm AKDT Wednesday for Umnak Island. Okmok volcano remains active and continues to emit ash. Winds in the area are weak so ash will be confined to Umnak Island.

Travel Advisory
The Parks Highway MP174-184 has re-opened and traffic is moving through on both lanes.  Motorists are advised to use caution through the area.
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, 20 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.