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From:Friday, June 12, 2009 1:32 PM -0800
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Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:

- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-163 for June 12, 2009
- Current AICC Sit Report
- Current AICC Morning Highlights
- Laboratory-confirmed cases of new influenza A(H1N1)
- Current Alaska Influenza Surveillance Report Update
- H1N1 Alaska DHSS Press Release
- Current WHO Phase Pandemic Alert
- President Declares Major Disaster for Alaska
- Federal Aid Programs for Alaska Disaster Recovery
- FEMA-1843-DR, Map

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DHS&EM Operations
Operational Environment
DHS&EM continue to work with FEMA in anticipation of a decision on federal assistance for the 09 Spring Flood.

Activity at Redoubt Volcano continues.

SECC continues to monitor wildfires activities throughout the state. For complete details please see current AICC attachments.

• Significant Weather from the NWS

There are no weather hazards at this time. Please see the National Weather Service for Alaska Weather Alerts located at http://www.arh.noaa.gov/hazards.php or Fire Weather at http://firewx.arh.noaa.gov/ for the most current weather information.

Declared Disasters – Response Phase
State Disasters:

• 2009 Spring Floods

June 12, 2009. President Declares Major Disaster for Alaska.
FEMA announced today that federal disaster aid has been made available for the State of Alaska to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by flooding and ice jams that started on April 28, 2009.

See the FEMA news releases attached to this email.

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 due to ice jams and associated high water.  Some communities, most notably Eagle, Eagle Village, Aniak, Akiachak, Emmonak, Kwethluk, McGrath, Stevens Village, and Tanana have experienced significant damages from the flooding.

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.

Current phase of alert in the WHO global influenza preparedness plan The current WHO phase of pandemic alert is 6.

Phase 6, the pandemic phase, is characterized by community level outbreaks in at least one other country in a different WHO region in addition to the criteria defined in Phase 5. Designation of this phase will indicate that a global pandemic is under way.  See attachment

First Anchorage novel H1N1confirmed:
A 28-year-old Anchorage man became Anchorage’s first confirmed case of the novel H1N1 flu virus. He reported feeling ill on June 1, 2009, swabbed for influenza at a clinic on June 3, and the sample tested positive for novel H1N1 on June 9.

State and local health officials are closely monitoring the presence of H1N1 in Alaska and are prepared to respond as appropriate. See attached H1N1 Immediate Release

From the State of Alaska - Department of Health and Social Services

Health care provider consultation and reporting
• Business hours: 907-269-8000
• After hours: 1-800-478-0084
Adverse reactions to antiviral reporting (voice message): 877-469-8067

2009 Alaska Laboratory Confirmed H1N1 Cases (Swine Flu)
Region                  Cases
Anchorage/Mat-Su        2
Gulf Coast                      0
Interior                        9
Northern                        0
Southeast                       3
Southwest                       0
Statewide                       14
*updated June 11, 2009 at 2:15 PM

For current Alaska Influenza Surveillance Report Update, see attachment to this Sit Rep.

12 June 2009 -- As of 07:00 GMT, 12 June 2009, 74 countries have officially reported 29,669 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection, including 145 deaths.


Alaska Fire Season
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) Situation Report, AICC Morning Highlights and the AICC News and Notes are attached to this email and can be found on the AICC web site at http://fire.ak.blm.gov/.

• Alaska Wildfires

Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
As of June 12, 2009, there have been a total of 228 fires reported with total acreage of 175,798.9.

Significant Fires:

-- Tonclonukna Creek
Tonclonukna Creek, 32,918.0 acres; caused by lightning. Burnout operations began late on 6/10 and continued 6/11 with hand and aerial firing. Crews used favorable weather conditions to clean up burned areas with hand firing and used hoselays to begin mop-up. Aerial firing operations included firing from the west side of Telida to Bear Island Lake and east and north 3 miles to the Swift Fork of the Kuskokwim River. Cabin protection equipment was established 6 miles up the Swift Fork. Chena and Pioneer Peak IHCs are scheduled to arrive on 6/12. A repeater will be set up and crews will begin mop-up around structures and the fire`s edge. The acreage has increased 2374 acres from yesterdays report.

-- Broken Snowshoe Fire
Broken Snowshoe Fire, 25,345.0 acres. The fire was not flown and remains in monitor status.

-- Ladue River Fire
Ladue River Fire, 20,000.0 acres. Fire crews were assigned for structure protection and fuels reduction and to work with land owners to assess fire suppression alternatives and values at risk.

-- Dillinger Fire
Dillinger Fire, McGrath area is at 19,500.0 acres. The fire was very active with torching, a continuous crown fire on several areas of the fire and spotting 1/4 - 1/2 mile in front of the main fire. Personnel suppressed small spot fires that crossed the Dillinger River near the confluence of the Dillinger and South Fork of the Kuskokwim River. Personnel will continue site protection and evaluate fire progression on the south side of Dillinger Creek for possible firing operations. Slopovers on the south side of the Dillinger River present the most concern to personnel at the structure sites if the winds shift to the NNE. The fire has the potential to more than double in size with current conditions. Structure protection equipment was flown into Farewell staging.

Road Alerts Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 1:00 pm, 15 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.

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Femmia R.B.
Emergency Management Specialist
428-7100 (SECC) or 428-7019 (direct)