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From:Friday, May 29, 2009 1:09 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-149 for May 29, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:
- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-149 for May  29, 2009
- 09 Spring Flood Sitrep 5.29.09.pdf
- 09 Spring Floods IAP for 5.29.09.pdf  -  Incident Action Plan
- 29 May 09 APR A-H1N1 Influenza Outbreak Situation Report .pdf

- AICC Wildfire Sitrep 5-29-09.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.

Three Flood Response Liaisons continue to be deployed to local Incident Management Teams in Eagle, Stevens Village and Kwethluk.

DHS&EM and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have deployed two joint Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams, one on the Yukon River and one on the Kuskokwim River.

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
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.
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
• H1N1 Flu Outbreak
The ongoing outbreak of novel influenza A (H1N1) continues to expand in the United States and internationally.  Please see the DHSS H1N1 Situation Report that has been attached to today’s Situation Report for detailed information.  On May 28, a Fairbanks woman was confirmed as Alaska’s first case of H1N1.

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) reports:
As of May 29, 2009, there have been a total of 192 fires reported with total acreage of 90,383.9.

Significant Fires:
- Broken Snowshoe Fire
The Broken Snowshoe fire near McGrath is active with an acreage increase to 22,584.0 acres. The fire is threatening primary residences, cultural resources and private property. The fire is burning on MTNT Native corporation land with high value timber and cultural concerns. Extremely dry fuels and lack of precipitation have created a high resistance to extinguishment or control.  Structure and cabin triage continues on all flanks.  256 personnel are assigned to this fire.

• 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 Information
There were 8 lightning strikes in Alaska from 6:00 AM yesterday to 6:00 AM today.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 1:00 pm, 1 June 2009. A significant change in the situation or the threat level will prompt an interim report. Please direct questions regarding this report to the SECC at 907-428-7100 or secc@ak-prepared.com.


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