City Remains Prepared to Respond to Mt. Redoubt Activity
Contact: Genevieve Maurits, Minta Montalbo, Jenny Evans
343-1402, 343-4619, 343-7103
With continued volcanic eruptions and activity of Mt. Redoubt, the Municipality of Anchorage Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) continue to monitor the eruptions for any ash fall that may affect the city.
OEM continues to work closely with emergency management partners and other related agencies to provide an appropriate response to meet the significance of the events as they arise. In the case of future eruptions, OEM will issue a press release and staff the Emergency Operations Center when the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) and the National Weather Service (NWS) reports significant/substantial ash fall projections for Anchorage greater than 5mm. OEM will also issue a press release when the AVO raises or lowers their Volcano Alert Level and Aviation Color Code.
Currently OEM remains at a Response Operations Level 1.
DHHS continues to monitor air quality for the Anchorage Bowl and Eagle River. Data for air quality is gathered around the clock and is analyzed as eruption activity occurs. An air quality advisory may be initiated if the levels of airborne particulate matter (PM-10) reach, or are expected to reach concentrations that could be injurious to public health.
Events with "significant" impact could initiate further action on part of DHHS through the issuance of Air Alerts, Air Warnings, or Air Emergencies as deemed appropriate for the measures of PM-10 observed in a 24-hour period.
Recent observations, as of March 31 continue to show air quality index readings within the “moderate” category. For comparison, particulate levels were about 10 times higher than this current episode during a huge wind storm in Anchorage in March 2003.
Up to date information sources:
NOAA Forecast Office:
Alaska Volcano Observatory, Mt. Redoubt:
Alaska Volcano Observatory on Twitter:
MOA Department of Health and Human Services, Air Quality:
State of Alaska, Air Quality Advisories:
Emergency Alert System:
MOA Office of Emergency Management:
Anchorage Emergency Conditions Information Line: 907-343-4701
Anchorage Air Quality Hotline: 907-343-4899