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From:Monday, July 13, 2009 12:45 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-194 for July 13, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:

- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-194 for July 13, 2009
- Current AICC Sit Report
- current AICC News and Notes
- Shanta_Creek_ News Release 07-13-09
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State Emergency Coordination Center: Preparedness Level 2 – Heightened Awareness

Threat Level Changes
No change


Operational Environment

DHS&EM continues to work with FEMA on approved federal assistance for the 09 Spring Floods.
Shishaldin, Redoubt and Cleveland Volcanoes current condition:  Yellow/Advisory.
The SECC is monitoring the wildfire situation statewide. See current AICC attachments.
A Red Flag Warning is issued for the Denali area.

Declared Disasters – Recovery Phase
Federal Disasters:
• FEMA-1843-DR-AK – Spring flooding and ice jam flooding:

Effective July 1, 2009, FEMA has approved the Governor's Add-on request and has amended the federal declaration to include IA for the Yupiit and Lower Yukon REAAs, and PA for Lower Yukon and Yukon-Koyukuk REAAs.  The declaration also has been amended to show May 31, 2009 as the end of event.

DHS&EM and FEMA have established a Joint Field Office (JFO) in Anchorage.  Joint FEMA/State field teams are deployed this week to implement FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA) Programs.  Today, the joint teams will be visiting Kotlik, Emmonak, Alakanuk, Eagle and Eagle Village, Tanana, and other communities, TBD.  

Community Assistance and Monitored Events
The SECC monitors several events where some events are still open but awaiting further actions.

• H1N1 Flu Outbreak
State and local health officials continue to monitor the novel influenza A (H1N1) in Alaska.

2009 Alaska Laboratory Confirmed H1N1 Cases (Swine Flu)

Gulf Coast
*updated July 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

See the Alaska Influenza Surveillance Report (attached) for more information:

• Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) Current Status Report as of 12 July 12:17 PM AKDT

Shishaldin Volcano- Color Code YELLOW: Alert Level ADVISORY
Satellite images continue to show a thermal anomaly at Shishaldin. Seismic, deformation, and gas emission data do not show anything abnormal at the volcano, and there is currently no indication that an eruption will occur. AVO will continue to carefully monitor activity at Shishaldin. The AVO raised the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Alert Level to ADVISORY at Shishaldin volcano based on the presence of a persistent thermal anomaly in the summit crater.

Cleveland Volcano:  Color Code YELLOW: Alert Level ADVISORY
AVO has observed no further activity at Cleveland since the small eruption on June 25.
Redoubt Volcano:  Redoubt Activity - Color Code YELLOW: Alert Level ADVISORY
No significant changes have been observed at Redoubt Volcano over the past 24 hours. Seismicity remains low, and webcam views show continued steaming from the lava dome. The fresh, hot lava dome remains potentially unstable, and its collapse would likely result in significant ash production, hot block and ash flows, and flooding in the Drift River valley.

AVO continues to monitor all volcano activities.
Recording on the status of Alaska's Volcanoes (907) 786-7478
Volcano Information On The Internet: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
DEC’s Air Quality and alerts website: http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm.

• Recent Earthquakes
For recent earthquake information check this website:  http://www.aeic.alaska.edu/

• Weather Watches/Warnings:

Red Flag Warning
Denali -- red flag warning in effect from 8 am to 10 pm Monday for strong wind and low relative humidities

Please see the National Weather Service for Alaska Weather is located at:
Current Public/Marine Hazards at http://www.arh.noaa.gov/hazards.php or

Alaska Fire Season
The Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC) Situation Report and AICC Morning Highlights 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 today, there have been a total of 393 fires reported with total acreage of 765,573.9.

• Significant Fires:
There are Air Quality Advisories issued for the Interior, South Central, and the Copper River Basin Alaska due to an increased fire activity producing smoke impacting these areas.  Here’s a website for more information for Current air quality advisories and alerts. http://www.dec.state.ak.us/air/am/aq_sr.htm 

Air Quality Advisory
Interior Alaska: Location(S) Impacted: Middle Tanana Valley, Yukon Flats and Uplands, Central Interior, Denali Park, Deltana and Tanana Flats, Upper Tanana Valley & Fortymile Country.

South Central Alaska: Location(S) Impacted: Copper River Basin, NE and SE Prince William Sound, Western Prince William Sound, Western Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska Valley.

Shanta Creek:   Acres: 13,118.0 caused by lightning, staffed by 478 personnel.
Resources continued to finalize the defensive lines within the Full Suppression Zones within the refuge boundary as well as on some private property. These lines will be used to burn from in the event of the fire reaching established management action points. The structure assessment and evacuation planning was completed and an activation drill will be scheduled with the Kenai Peninsula Borough OEM and local fire resources in the next day or so.  News release is attached.

• Lightning Map Information
Nothing significant to report at this time.

• Lightning Information
AICC’s Maps/Imagery/Geospatial Lightning Information is unavailable at this time.

Road Alert Information
Current road closure and other road alert information can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 14 July 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.

How to reach the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Phone the State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) by dialing (907) 428-7100 or 1-800-478-2337, 24 hours per day.  Information on emergency topics is available on the Division's web site at http://ready.alaska.gov.  Homeland Security information may be found at http://ready.alaska.gov/homelandsecurity/.

How to reach the Division of Administration – State Cyber Security Program:  If you have questions you may contact Darrell Davis, State Computer Security Officer darrel.davis@Alaska.gov.


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