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SITUATION REPORT 09-082 (as of 11:00 AM, 23 March 2009)

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.)

State of Alaska Situation
The SECC Preparedness Level has been increased to Level 2 due to the current volcanic activity at Redoubt Volcano.  DHS&EM continues to closely monitor the Redoubt volcanic situation.

Alaska Volcano
You may find AVO’s Update at: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.php

Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)/USGS Volcanic Activity Notice (VAN) Sunday, March 22, 2009, 11:26 PM

Redoubt Volcano
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Location: N 60 deg 29 min W 152 deg 44 min
Elevation: 10197 ft (3108 m)
Area: Cook Inlet-South Central Alaska

Volcanic Activity Summary: The eruption of Mt. Redoubt continues. The height of the eruption cloud is estimated to be 50,000 ft above sea level. Further reports will be issued as more information becomes available.

Recent Observations:
The height of the eruption cloud is estimated to be 50,000 ft above sea level. Further reports will be issued as more information becomes available.
Mudflows are possible on Drift and Crescent Rivers.
Ashfall likely in the vicinity of and downwind from the volcano.
Next Notice: A new VAN will be issued if conditions change significantly or alert levels are modified. While a VAN is in effect, regularly scheduled updates are posted at http://www.avo.alaska.edu

Air Quality Advisory
The AK Department of Environmental Conservation has issued the following:
LOCATION(S) IMPACTED:Susitna Valley including the communities of Talkeetna, Trapper Creek, Willow, Skwentna, Cantwell, Petersville.~ Kuskokwim Valley including the communities Aniak, McGrath, Sleetmute, Lime Village.
VALID TIME: Valid until Tuesday, March 24, 10:00 AM.
ADVISORY: Small amounts of volcanic ash from eruptions of the Redoubt volcano have been falling in the Susitna Valley from Skwentna northeast to Talkeetna. It is believed that the ash content of the eruption clouds has been low, so any ashfall is expected to be minor. To this point, eruptions appear to have been of short duration with the last one occurring around 4:30am on Monday. However, once the ash stops being emitted, the possibility of health risks still continues from the ash on the ground for several weeks. At any time, winds or human activity can cause ash to be re-entrained into the air. People with respiratory conditions should be aware for the potential of ashfall in their area, and to use caution if it is observed. For complete DEC Situation Report please see attached. Following is website for information RE: Air Quality Advisories & Alerts: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/volcano.htm

Travel Advisory
Update:  Dalton Highway
A travel advisory has been issued for the following sections of Dalton Highway:  Mileposts 98-155, 164-154 and 172-173.  The conditions are still windy with blowing and heavy drifting snow and low to zero visibility.  Expect delays as many sections are still down to one lane. Drive slow and with extreme caution and watch for equipment and crews out on the road.

Useful link:
Air Quality Advisories & Alerts: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/volcano.htm
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Oil and Hazardous Substance Releases:  Photographs and spill information "Quick Links: Active Spill Responses":  http://www.state.ak.us/dec/spar/perp/index.htm 
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.
Volcano:  Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php
Weather: Current Public and Marine Hazards and Regional News http: http://www.arh.noaa.gov/

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 24 March 2009. 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.