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From:Friday, May 22, 2009 12:54 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-142 for May 22, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-142for May  22, 2009
- PR 09-106 Governor Declares Disaster for Interior Flooding .pdf
- Riverwatch - Flooding Sit Rep 5-22- 09.pdf
-APR A-H1N1 Influenza Sit Rep for 5-22-09.pdf

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.

·  A Riverwatch team remains deployed, based out of St  Mary’s for river ice surveillance.

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

· DHS&EM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are holding a Preliminary Disaster Assistance (PDA) briefing and PDA team meetings today. The joint State and Federal team will be conducting kickoff meetings and applicant briefings for the communities affected by this years spring flooding. The joint PDA teams; the Upper Yukon Strike Team and the Kuskokwim Strike Team are travelling to their staging area today and will visit their respective assigned communities starting on Saturday.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
Flood watch and warning for the following areas:

  Flood watch remains in effect through Monday afternoon from St Marys to Emmonak and Alakanuk
 The flood warning remains in effect until 530 pm Friday from Russian Mission to Pilot Station

Community Assistance and Monitored Events
The SECC is actively monitoring several events.  Some events which were previously monitored are still open but awaiting further actions.

• Ice Jam Flooding
The following communities have been reported to have flooded or are currently flooding due to ice
• 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
    · 5/28 – Russian Mission, Grayling (minor) Anvik (minor) and Marshall
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.

22 May 2009 -- As of 06:00 GMT, 22 May 2009, 42 countries have officially reported 11 168 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 86 deaths.

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.

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
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
As of May 22, 2009, there have been a total of 123 fires reported with total acreage of 39,906.2.
Please see the AICC Morning Highlights http://fire.ak.blm.gov/content/news/highlights/current.pdf for additional wildfire news and information.

• Red Flag Warning
Matanuska Valley -- in effect from 1 pm this afternoon to 10 pm Saturday for strong wind

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


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