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SITUATION REPORT 09-091 (as of 11:00 AM, 1 April 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
DHS&EM continues to closely monitor the Redoubt volcanic situation.

Alaska Volcano

Redoubt Volcano
Current Aviation Color Code: RED
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Current Status Report, 1 April 2009, issued by the Alaska Volcano Observatory:
The 2009 eruption of Redoubt Volcano continues to produce emissions of steam, volcanic gases, and minor amounts of ash. The emissions have been visible in the Redoubt Hut web camera images throughout the day. Satellite data over the last few hours show a plume containing some ash extending about 40 miles east-northeast of Redoubt. These emissions have generally been at low altitudes (less than 15,000 feet above sea level). The plume may occasionally rise as high as 25,000 feet above sea level. Thermal features observed in satellite images and in AVO helicopter-based thermal-infrared images from yesterday are most likely due to the extrusion of a lava dome in the summit crater. Seismicity consists of volcanic tremor and occasional discrete earthquakes.

Links to updates and status of Redoubt Volcano activity may be found at the following website:

Significant aviation weather forecast/product updates link: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/volcano.php

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Special Weather Statement -- Retransmission
The National Weather Service Anchorage has issued the following:  There are trace amounts of ash from the Redoubt eruption Tuesday afternoon now falling in the vicinity of Valdez and may fall through portions of the southern Copper River basin along the Chugach Mountains through early this morning.  Avoid excessive exposure to ash, especially those with respiratory sensitivities. Protect critical electronics and other equipment from contamination. This statement will only be updated if conditions change.

Useful link:
- 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.
- 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, 2 April 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.