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From:Wednesday, April 29, 2009 11:03 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-119 for April 29, 2009 
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Attachments:
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
- DHHS Swine Flu IAP 4-28-09 1600.pdf  - Incident Action Plan for next operational period (today)
- DHSS Swine Flu Sit Rep 4-28-09 1600.pdf
- DHSS Swine flu media update 042809.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)

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

• The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning which remains in effect until 1130 AM AKDT Wednesday for ice jam flooding for the Tanana River in Salcha.

• Swine Flu Outbreak
The outbreak of disease in people caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin continues to grow in the United States and internationally. Today, CDC reports additional confirmed human infections, hospitalizations and the nation’s first fatality from this outbreak. The more recent illnesses and the reported death suggest that a pattern of more severe illness associated with this virus may be emerging in the U.S. Most people will not have immunity to this new virus and, as it continues to spread, more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths are expected in the coming days and weeks.
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 DHSS swine flu Incident Action Plan, a DHSS swine flue Sitrep and a swine flu Media Update have been attached to today’s Situation Report email.

• Salcha Flooding
Flooding is occurring in Salcha due to an ice jam on the Tanana River.  Several residents have evacuated and are staying with friends and family.  The Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) is monitoring this event and will provide assistance as needed.  The FNSB is providing the DHS&EM Operations section with regular updates and has not requested any state assistance at this time.

• Red Flag Warnings
There are Red Flag Warnings in effect for the following areas:
        Matanuska Valley including Palmer, Wasilla, Sutton and Chickaloon – a red flag warning remains in effect from 3 pm this afternoon to 9 pm AKDT this evening for strong winds.

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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