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SITUATION REPORT 08-261 (as of 11:00 AM, 17 September, 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 1
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 rain for the Taiya River until 6:00 PM Wednesday. At 1140 AM, the Taiya River reached 17.1 feet and is still rising slowly. At this stage, Chilkoot Trail should be closed by National Park Service. The trail may also be closed at lower levels due to safety concerns.

High Wind Warning
The National Weather Service (NWS)  in Fairbanks has issued a high wind warning which is in effect until midnight tonight for the Eastern Beaufort Sea Coast including Kaktovik and Flaxman Island. East winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph are expected for the rest of today and through the evening hours.

Travel Advisory
A travel advisory has been issued for the Dalton Highway.  Alaska West Trucking will be moving a 24 feet wide, approximately 244,000 lbs module along Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay.
September 17 – Hill Top to Yukon River
September 18 – Yukon River to Dietrich
September 19 – Dietrich north to 62 Mile
September 20 - 62 Mile north to Prudhoe Bay
Please watch for pilot cars and expect delays.

Tanana Basin Flooding
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s State Disaster Assistance Program for the July/August 2008 flooding event remains open. To apply, call toll free, 1-800-921-3682. The deadline to apply for State Disaster Assistance is 3 October 2008.

Alaska Volcanoes
Three Alaska volcanoes: Kasatochi, Okmok and Cleveland are currently at Aviation Color Code Yellow and Volcano Alert Level Advisory.

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, 18 September, 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.