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From:Monday, May 18, 2009 2:04 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-138 for May 18, 2009 
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Attachments:
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-138 for May  18, 2009
- PR 09-106 Governor Declares Disaster for Interior Flooding .pdf
- Riverwatch - Flooding Sit Rep 5-18- 09.pdf
-APR A-H1N1 Influenza Sit Rep for 5-18-09.pdf
- Whittier Update - Passenger and Freight Transportation.pdf - Alaska Railroad Corporation News Release

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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.

· Another Riverwatch team deployed yesterday to continue river surveillance based out of St  Mary’s and provide early warning to communities at risk of flooding.

· Two Flood Response Teams have been deployed to coordinate flooding response and flooding support activities; they are staged in Eagle and Fairbanks.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• Significant Weather from the NWS

Flood watch and warning for the following areas:
Yukon Delta -- from St Marys To Mountain Village, flood watch in effect through Wednesday evening; dense fog this morning
Lower Yukon Valley -- from Russian Mission to Marshall; flood warning in effect until 1030 pm Tuesday

Community Assistance and Monitored Events
The SECC is monitoring 4 events.

• Ice Jam Flooding
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) and Akiachak

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.

18 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 18 May 2009, 40 countries have officially reported 8829 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 74 deaths.
17 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 17 May 2009, 39 countries have officially reported 8480 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.
Mexico has reported 2895 laboratory confirmed human cases of infection, including 66 deaths. The United States has reported 4714 laboratory confirmed human cases, including four deaths. Canada has reported 496 laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death. Costa Rica has reported nine laboratory confirmed human cases, including one death.

For more information, please see http://www.pandemicflu.alaska.gov/ and

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

• Whittier Road Closure

Portage Glacier Highway, which was closed after a massive rock slide April 11 is now open and the Whittier Tunnel traffic returns to normal.  

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. This will be the last update.

Alaska Fire Season
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) 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 http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/news/highlights/current.pdf for additional wildfire news and information for current  Alaska wildland fire information.

Alaska Wildfires
Please see the AICC Morning Highlights http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/news/highlights/current.pdf for additional wildfire news and information.

• Red Flag Warnings
Anchorage Municipality to Bird Creek -- in effect until 11 pm this evening for strong winds and low humidity throughout the anchorage area

Matanuska Valley -- in effect from noon today to 11 pm this evening for low humidity throughout the Matanuska Valley

Kenai Peninsula -- in effect from noon today to 11 pm this evening for low humidity throughout the western Kenai Peninsula

Copper River Basin -- in effect until 11 pm this evening for low humidity throughout the Copper River Basin

Susitna Valley -- in effect from noon today to 11 pm this evening for low humidity throughout the Susitna Valley

Upper Koyukuk Valley, Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands, Central Interior, Middle Tanana Valley, Deltana and Tanana Flats, Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country, and the Upper Kuskokwim Valley -- remains in effect until 10 pm Wednesday for low humidity

225: Denali and Northeastern Slopes of the Eastern Alaska Range -- remains in effect until 10 pm Wednesday for strong wind and low humidity

Please see the National Weather Service Fire Weather site at http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for the most current fire weather information.


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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