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From:Tuesday, May 26, 2009 12:39 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-146 for May 26, 2009 
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Attachments:
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-146 for May  26, 2009
- PR 09-131 Governor Palin Requests Federal Disaster Declaration.pdf
- 09 Spring Flood Sitrep 5.26.09 3.pdf
- 09 Spring Floods IAP for 26 May.pdf  -  Incident Action Plan
- 26 May 09 APR A-H1N1 Influenza Outbreak Situation Report .pdf



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(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

Operational Environment
The SECC is activated in response to widespread ice jam flooding and flood damage which has affected many communities.

· 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) held a Preliminary Disaster Assistance (PDA) briefing and PDA team meetings last week. 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 have begun visiting their respective assigned communities starting on Saturday.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• Significant Weather from the NWS
Flood warnings are in effect for the following areas:
-Yukon Delta
Flood warning remains in effect through 5PM Thursday for the Yukon River Delta area including the communities of Emmonak, Alakanuk and Kotlik.

Declared Disasters – Response Phase
State Disasters:
• 2009 Spring Floods
On May 6, 2009, Governor Sarah Palin declared a disaster for the flooding event in the Interior of Alaska, including the drainages of the Yukon, Kuskokwim, Kobuk, and Susitna Rivers. The disaster declaration will allow greater coordination between state agencies and easier access to state disaster relief funds, and will pave the way for receipt of federal funds from a possible federal disaster declaration.
On May 25, Governor Sarah Palin sent a letter to the federal government officially requesting a federal disaster declaration for the spring floods of 2009.  Please see the attached press release for more information.
Several communities have been flooded or are currently experiencing flooding due to ice jams and associated high water.  Some communities, most notably Eagle, have experienced significant damages from the flooding.  The SECC has been activated and ongoing response activity continues.  Please see the attached Flood Response Sitrep for more info.


Seasonal Response Programs
Riverwatch
On May 24, the 2009 Riverwatch field work ended.  All Riverwatch teams have returned from the field.  All current flooding is being monitored by the 2009 Spring Floods response.


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 26, 2009, there have been a total of 164 fires reported with total acreage of 49,897.0.
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
Yukon Flats and Surrounding Uplands – in effect until 10 PM this evening for low humidity
Central Interior – in effect from 10 AM this morning to 10 PM this evening for low humidity
Middle Tanana Valley – in effect from 10 AM this morning to 10 PM this evening for low humidity
Upper Tanana Valley and the Fortymile Country – in effect from 10 AM this morning to 10 PM this evening for 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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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