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From:Friday, May 1, 2009 9:06 AM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-121 for May 1, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-121 for May 1, 2009
- Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release:  Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf
- DHHS - 09 APR A-N1H1 Influenza Outbreak Situation Report for 4-30-.pdf
- DHSS - 09 APR A-N1H1 Influenza Outbreak Incident Action Plan for 4-30.pdf

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(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

• Significant Weather:
• The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch which remains in effect through Saturday morning for the Tanana River in Salcha.  Ice continues to run down the Tanana River and may create local ice jams in the Salcha area.
• The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for ice jam flooding for the Chatanika River from just downstream of the Elliot Highway bridge to the Minto flats until 2:45 PM AKDT Saturday May 2.

• 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.

Alaska Spring Breakup Summary
The flood potential from snowmelt and ice jams this spring breakup season throughout Alaska is currently rated as moderate to high in all locations that are prone to flooding from ice jams during breakup.  Flood potential for other locations remains as low or low to moderate.  Breakup was initially expected to be later than normal this year but the prolonged period of warm temperatures may push breakup dates closer to normal.  This forecast is based on observed snowpack, ice thickness reports and long range temperature forecasts.


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