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From:Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:30 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-147 for May 27, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-147 for May  27, 2009
- PR 09-131 Governor Palin Requests Federal Disaster Declaration.pdf
- 09 Spring Flood Sitrep 5.27.09.pdf
- 09 Spring Floods IAP for 5.27.09.pdf  -  Incident Action Plan
- 27 May 09 APR A-H1N1 Influenza Outbreak Situation Report .pdf

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(Significant changes from previous reports are in red)

DHS&EM Operations
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.

• There are several wildfires burning throughout the state

• Significant Weather from the NWS
A winter storm warning is in effect for the following area:
- Northeastern Brooks Range along the pipeline corridor for heavy snow from 6 am this morning to 6 am Thursday.

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.

• McGrath Fire (Broken Snowshoe Fire)
The Broken Snowshoe fire near McGrath is active with an acreage increase to 11,997 acres. Crews worked on cabin site protection completing burn out operations at one site. Crew mobilization and cabin site protection will continue.  The fire is currently within 5 miles of McGrath.  The DHS&EM Operations section is monitoring this event and is standing by to assist the City of McGrath if the fire threatens the town.

Alaska Fire Season
• Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
As of May 27, 2009, there have been a total of 179 fires reported with total acreage of 62,646.3.
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
There are no red flag warnings at this time.
Please see the National Weather Service Fire Weather site at http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for the most current fire weather information.

• Lightning Map
There were 794 lightning strikes in Alaska from 6:00 AM yesterday to 6:00 AM today.


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