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From:Tuesday, April 28, 2009 9:52 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-118 for April 28, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report for April 27, 2009
- Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release:  Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf
- Swine Flu IAP and Sitrep 4-27-09 1600 2.pdf
- Swine_flu_fact_sheet_042709.pdf

(A Blackberry Users section has been added below.  It will contain new items and 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 and if there are additional items from the full sitrep that you want included.  Feedback should be directed to david.lee@alaska.gov)


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

Threat Level Changes
The World Health Organization Pandemic Phase has been increased to 4 - Sustained Human to Human Transmission due to the emerging swine flu situation.

• Swine Flu Outbreak
The human swine flu outbreak continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional cases of confirmed swine influenza and a number of hospitalizations of swine flu patients. Internationally, the situation is more serious too, with additional countries reporting confirmed cases of swine flu. In response to the intensifying outbreak, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 4. A Phase 4 alert is characterized by confirmed person-to-person spread of a new influenza virus able to cause “community-level” outbreaks. The increase in the pandemic alert phase indicates that the likelihood of a pandemic has increased.
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.”
        For more information, please see http://www.pandemicflu.alaska.gov/ and http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
        A swine flu Incident Action Plan and Sitrep and a swine flu Fact Sheet have been attached to today’s Situation Report email.

• River Breakup Progress
Kuskokwim River at Nikolai – A pilot report indicates that the Kuskokwim River is breaking up in front of Nikolai


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