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From:Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:21 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-132 for May 12, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-129 for May  9, 2009
- PR 09-106 Governor Declares Disaster for Interior Flooding .pdf
- Riverwatch - Flooding Sit Rep 5 9 09.pdf
-APR A-H1N1 Influenza Sit Rep for 5-08-09.pdf
- Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf - Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release
- American Red Cross News Release 09-05-08
- Yukon Health Alert

Blackberry Users Section
This section is for Blackberry users who have trouble reading the normal sitrep on their Blackberries.  It only contains new or significantly updated items from the DHS&EM Daily Situation Report.
(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

Operational Environment
A Unified Command has been established at the SECC.  It is comprised of DHS&EM and DHSS staff members.

There is widespread ice jam flooding affecting many communities throughout the state.

Two Riverwatch teams remain deployed.  The Kuskokwim River watch team’s weather service member is flying back to Anchorage this morning.  The DHS&EM riverwatch team member will remain in Bethel to assist the flood response team deployed today.  The Middle Yukon Team based out of Galena continues aerial observations of the Middle Yukon River.  A Flood Response Team continues to coordinate flooding response activities in the community of Eagle.  A second Flood response team is now staged in Bethel.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
Flood warnings for the following areas:
Kuskokwim Delta -- from Akiak to Napakiak, flood warning remains in effect until 4 Pm Tuesday for ice jam flooding
Yukon Flats and surrounding Uplands and Central Interior-- from Stevens Village to Tanana, flood warning remains in effect until 10 pm Tuesday.

Flood watch for the following areas:
Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula --   the Buckland River at Buckland, remains in effect through Tuesday afternoon
Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys -- Yukon River from the mouth of the Nowitna River to Nulato, flood watch in effect through Wednesday afternoon

Community Assistance and Monitored Events
• Ice Jam Flooding
At this time, the following communities have been reported to have flooded or are currently flooding due to ice jams:
        • 4/28 – Salcha
        • 5/4 – Crooked Creek, Red Devil, Sleepmute, Eagle/Eagle Village, Aniak, Napaimiut and the Alaska Railroad north of Talkeetna.
        • 5/5 – North Pole (at the steamboat landing), Kobuk
        • 5/6 – Chalkyitsik, Chistochina, Ft. Yukon, Upper and Lower Kalskag
        • 5/7 – Circle, Ruby, McGrath
        • 5/8 – Tuluksak, Akiak, Kwethluk, Beaver
        · 5/11—Stevens Village, Nulato, Bethel, Oscarville (minor) and Tanana
        · 5/12 – Napakiak and Napaskiak (both minor)

Please see the attached Riverwatch Sitrep for more info.Please see the attached Riverwatch Sitrep for more info.

• H1N1 Flu Outbreak
The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States and internationally. CDC expects that more cases, more hospitalizations and more deaths from this outbreak will occur over the coming days and weeks.

12 May 2009 -- Just released Health Alert identifying that the first H1N1 case has been diagnosed in the Yukon, WHITEHORSE – Yukon’s Medical Officer of Health, confirmed today that Yukon has its first case of laboratory confirmed H1N1 Influenza. The individual is an adult female who experienced a mild form of H1N1 and is now fully recovered. The individual presented to her physician with symptoms and a travel history to Mexico. She was not hospitalized. (See attached)
11 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 11 May 2009, 30 countries have officially reported 4694 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection. Mexico has reported 1626 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 48 deaths. The United States has reported 2532 laboratory confirmed human cases, including three deaths. Canada has reported 284 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported eight laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

On May 09, 2009 a case of H1N1 was reported on a cruise ship in Southeast Alaskan waters. HSS and various agencies are responding per the States plan. Case originated in Washington State. Patient given Tamiflu remains isolated and is recovering aboard ship.

Please see the DHSS H1N1 Situation Report that has been attached to today’s Situation Report email for detailed information.

• 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.  The road is now partially open.  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 Whittier Access Update news release for more information.  

Alaska Fire Season
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center morning highlights will be attached to this sitrep email daily throughout the Alaska fire season whenever a new one is issued or go to this link AICC Situation Report  for current Alaska wildland fire information.

• Red Flag Warnings
- Bristol Bay --Red flag warning remains in effect from 2 pm this afternoon to 10 pm
- Western Prince William Sound -- Near Seward. Red flag warning in effect until 5 pm this afternoon


Femmia R Bryan
Emergency Management Specialist
DHS&EM/SECC (State Emergency Coordination Center)
PO Box 5750, Fort Richardson, AK 99505
Direct Line:  907-428-7019
SECC: 907-428-7100 or Toll Free: 1-800-478-2337
SECC FAX: 428-7095