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From:Thursday, April 30, 2009 10:29 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-120 for April 30, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-120 for April 30, 2009
- Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release:  Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf
- DHHS - 09 APR A-N1H1 Influenza Outbreak Situation Report for 4-29-.pdf
- DHSS - 09 APR A-N1H1 Influenza Outbreak Incident Action Plan for 4-30.pdf
- DHSS Swine Flu Press Release 4-29-09.pdf

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(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

• Significant Weather:
• The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning which remains in effect until 1130 AM AKDT Friday for ice jam flooding for the Tanana River in Salcha.
• The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for ice jam flooding along the upper Chatanika River at mile 34 on the Steese Highway until 745 AM AKDT Friday.

• Swine Flu Outbreak
In response to an intensifying outbreak in the United States and internationally caused by a new influenza virus of swine origin, the World Health Organization raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 5 on April 29, 2009. A Phase 5 alert is a “strong signal that a pandemic is imminent and that the time to finalize the organization, communication, and implementation of the planned mitigation measures is short.”
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, a swine flue Sitrep and a swine flu Media Update have been attached to today’s Situation Report email.

• Shishmaref School Water Contamination
DEC advised the SECC that school’s water tank in Shishmaref has been contaminated with antifreeze.  The school now has a 2000 gallon water tank and is looking into purchasing some 5 gallon cubitainers to have on hand in case they are needed.

• River Breakup Progress
Kuskokwim River at Nikolai – A pilot report indicated that the Kuskokwim River is breaking up in front of Nikolai two days ago.  Additional pilot reports indicate side channels on many rivers are beginning to open up.

River Breakup Map
The Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center (APRFC) maintains a river breakup map for Alaskan rivers.  Below is the most current map.  For an interactive version of the map, please see the APRFC web site at http://aprfc.arh.noaa.gov/data/maps/brkup_map.php.

• Red Flag Warnings
There are Red Flag Warnings in effect for the following areas:
        There are no red flag warnings in effect at this time.
Please see the National Weather Service Fire Weather site at http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for the most current fire weather 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