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From:Thursday, May 28, 2009 12:48 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-148 for May 28, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-148 for May  28, 2009
- PR 09-131 Governor Palin Requests Federal Disaster Declaration.pdf
- 09 Spring Flood Sitrep 5.28.09.pdf
- 09 Spring Floods IAP for 5.28.09.pdf  -  Incident Action Plan
- 28 May 09 APR A-H1N1 Influenza Outbreak Situation Report .pdf

- AICC Wildfire Sitrep 5-28-09.pdf

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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 have deployed two joint PDA teams; the Upper Yukon Strike Team and the Kuskokwim Strike Team.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

• There are several wildfires burning throughout the state

• Significant Weather from the NWS
There is no significant weather at this time.

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 and Eagle Village, 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.

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 21,760.0 acres. Crews continue to actively protect cabin sites.  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
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) situation report has been attached to this sitrep email.  It contains current fire statistics and information on active fires.  The AICC sitrep can also be found on the AICC web site at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/ along with other wildfire-related information.

• Alaska Wildfires
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
As of May 28, 2009, there have been a total of 190 fires reported with total acreage of 73,730.1.
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 479 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