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From:Monday, April 27, 2009 9:38 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-117 for April 27, 2009 
(A Blackberry Users section has been added below.  It will contain significant updates from previous Situation Reports.  Blackberry users are encouraged to view the whole sitrep and compare it to the new Blackberry section and provide feedback on how well the new section meets your needs.  Feedback should be directed to david.lee@alaska.gov)

Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report for April 27, 2009
- Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release - Whittier Access Update
- Whittier rail and bus scedule
- Whittier access flyer - Whittier Transportation Service Update

Blackberry Section
(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

• Swine Flu Outbreak
Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally.  Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of the infection and whether additional people have been infected with swine influenza viruses.
CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization. This includes deploying staff domestically and internationally to provide guidance and technical support. CDC has activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate this investigation.
Laboratory testing has found the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir and has issued interim guidance for the use of these drugs to treat and prevent infection with swine influenza viruses. CDC also has prepared interim guidance on how to care for people who are sick and interim guidance on the use of face masks in a community setting where spread of this swine flu virus has been detected. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide new information as it becomes available.
Officials with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services are keeping an eye on the developing swine flu outbreak in the Lower 48 and Mexico. There are no known cases of swine influenza in Alaska.  Health officials are advising that anyone returning from the Southwest or Mexico who becomes ill with flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, aching muscles, cough, and runny nose) contact his or her health-care provider.   “At this time, standard practices are still the best measures for avoiding the flu,” said Dr. Jay Butler, chief medical officer for the state of Alaska. “Hand washing, covering your cough, staying home if you’re sick — these are still the best ways to stay healthy and to avoid spreading germs when you are ill.”

• Whittier Road Closure
A large rock slide on April 11 closed the road to Whittier between the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center and the Anton Anderson Memorial Tunnel.  Due to the size of the slide and the instability of the slope, it is not know how much longer the road will remain closed.  The railroad tracks are undamaged, and the Alaska Railroad has begun passenger and freight service between Portage and Whittier thee times daily, with bus service between Anchorage and Portage twice daily.  Reservations for freight and passenger service are mandatory.  The Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) and the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) have announced a joint toll free phone number providing updates and information on rail and road access to Whittier:~ 1-800-478-4340.  People calling this 1-800 number can access passenger train reservations, freight train reservation, and hear recorded rail transportation updates, and road condition and road work updates.  Please see the attached News Release, Rail & Bus Schedule and Whittier access flyer for more information.  


David Lee
Emergency Management Specialist
State Emergency Coordination Center
Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
PO Box 5750
Fort Richardson, AK 99505
Direct Line:  907-428-7087
SECC: 907-428-7100
SECC Toll Free: 1-800-478-2337
SECC FAX: 428-7095