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Subject:DHS&EM 24 March 2009 Situation Report 09-083 

SITUATION REPORT 09-083 (as of 11:00 AM, 24 March 2009)

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.)

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
Alaska Volcano Observatory Current Status Report, 24 March 2009
Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current seismic activity at the volcano remains low. Pilot reports and satellite images indicate that a steam plume is currently rising to at least 20,000 ft ASL and drifting at least 40 miles to the northwest. There have been no indications that the volcano is currently emitting ash, though explosive activity could resume with little or no warning.

The last explosive event occurred last night (March 23) at 7:41 pm (AKDT) and lasted for roughly seventeen minutes. The top of the ash cloud was estimated to have reached at least 50,000 ft above sea level based on National Weather Service radar. Winds in the vicinity of the volcano carried the ash cloud primarily to the west and north.

AVO remains staffed 24 hours per day will issue further information as it becomes available.

For up-to-date Ashfall Advisories and wind trajectories, please refer to the National Weather Service website: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php

Special Weather Statement
The National Weather Service Anchorage has issued a special weather statement for the Kuskokwim Valley. Recent reports indicate trace amounts of ashfall occurring in the Sleetmute to Aniak region. This is likely remnants of ash from Monday evening's eruption of Mount Redoubt. Since it has been so long since the eruption and most of the ash has had time to settle or disperse the ashfall will be short-lived with no more than a trace of accumulation.        

Travel Advisory
Update:  Dalton Highway
Dalton Highway:  Mileposts 99 through 155.  The windy conditions persist with blowing and drifting snow and low to zero visibility.  Drive slowly with extreme caution and watch for equipment and crews out on the road.

Useful link:
Air Quality Advisories & Alerts from the AK Department of Environmental Conservation: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/volcano.htm or http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.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, 25 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.