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From:Wednesday, May 13, 2009 2:17 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-133 for May 13, 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
- State of Alaska, DNR press Release

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.

One Riverwatch team remain deployed. The Middle Yukon Team based out of Galena continues aerial river surveillance of the Middle Yukon River.

The two Flood Response Teams continue to coordinate flooding response and flooding support activities; they are staged in Eagle and Bethel.  

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
Flood warnings for the following areas:
Kuskokwim Delta -- From Akiachak to Napakiak, flood warning now in effect until 400 pm Thursday due to ice jam flooding
Yukon River from Stevens Village to Ruby -- flood warning remains in effect through 12 pm Thursday
Flood watch for the following areas:
Northern and Interior Seward Peninsula -- the Buckland River at Buckland, flood watch in effect through Thursday afternoon
Lower Koyukuk and Middle Yukon Valleys -- Yukon River between Ruby and 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
Associated Press - May 12, 2009 10:44 PM ET. The Alaska Railroad says it plans to end its special passenger shuttles between Portage and Whittier. The shuttles will run through Thursday. State transportation crews are wrapping up clean up of the Portage Glacier Highway, which was hit by a massive rock slide on April 11. The highway has been mostly closed since, although it recently was reopened on a limited schedule. Reopening of the road to two-way traffic is set for Friday.

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
No fire weather watches, warnings, or advisories in effect

Homer Fire Department, Kachemak Emergency Services, and the Alaska State Division of Forestry responded to a wildfire burning on the south side of Mile 17 of the East End Rd Tuesday evening. The cause of the fire was electricity from a downed power line. A suspension of open burning went into effect on the Kenai Peninsula on Tuesday. This includes burn barrels, but does not include cooking, warming, or signaling fires.  See attached press release.


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