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SITUATION REPORT 08-311 (as of 11:00 AM, 6 November 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 2
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.

Redoubt Volcano
Current Volcano Alert Level: ADVISORY; Previous Volcano Alert Level: Normal
Current Aviation Color Code: YELLOW; Previous Aviation Color Code: Green
Issued: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 2:52 PM

Volcanic Activity Summary: Over the past several months, AVO has detected potentially significant changes in gas emission and heat output from Redoubt Volcano. These changes are a departure from long-observed background activity, and therefore, AVO is raising the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Volcano Alert Level to ADVISORY. There is no indication that an eruption is imminent or even certain. AVO is monitoring Redoubt closely and is making plans to install additional equipment on the volcano in the next several weeks.

Remarks: Heavily ice-mantled Redoubt volcano is located on the western side of Cook Inlet, 106 mi southwest of Anchorage and 51 mi west of Kenai, within Lake Clark National Park.

FEMA-1796-DR -AK (Tanana Basin Flooding)
The Joint FEMA field office remains open in Anchorage until November 14, 2008 for processing project worksheets. The JFO facility in Anchorage will close on November 21, 2008.  All FEMA and State teams have returned from the field. There is one more day trip scheduled for Fairbanks on November 7, 2008 for FEMA and state staff.

Travel Advisory
Dalton Highway.  Alyeska support crews will be running a 24 hour work operations along the Dalton Highway. Expect work vehicles and crews along the road. Please drive with caution.
Projected dates and locations:
  Oct 29 through Nov 10—Dalton Hwy MP 269 (Pump Station 4) to MP 385.
 Nov 20 through Nov 26—Dalton Hwy MP 380 to Deadhorse.

Useful link:
Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
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 NWS:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.
 Photographs and other spill information available at:  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 7 November 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.