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From:Thursday, July 16, 2009 12:50 PM -0800
Subject:DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-197 for July 16, 2009 
Today’s Situation Report email contains the following attachments:

- DHS&EM Daily Situation Report 09-197 for July 16, 2009
- Current AICC Sit Report
- current AICC News and Notes
- current AICC Morning Highlights
- Shanta_Creek_ 2 News Releases 07-16-09
- Alaska Influenza Surveillance Report
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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 and Redoubt Volcanoes current condition: Yellow/Advisory.
The SECC is monitoring the wildfire situation statewide. See current AICC attachments.
There are no weather watches/warnings from the NWS at this time.

Declared Disasters
Declared Disasters – Recovery Phase
Federal Disasters:
• FEMA-1843-DR-AK – Spring flooding and ice jam flooding:
In support of an approved FEMA federal assistance for the 09 Spring Floods, DHS&EM and FEMA have established a Joint Field Office (JFO) in Anchorage. Joint FEMA/State field teams continues deployment to implement FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) and Public Assistance (PA) Programs. Today, a joint team will visit Russian Mission.

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 15, 2009 at 12:30 PM

This table only represents confirmed H1N1 cases. We know H1N1 novel influenza is circulating in all regions of Alaska and have recently elected to target laboratory testing to focus on identifying the most severely affected persons. Therefore, many cases of H1N1 novel influenza with mild illness will not be identified and do not appear in this data table.

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

• Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)
AVO continues to closely monitor volcanic activity at Redoubt and Shishaldin volcanoes.

Cleveland Volcano: Volcanic Activity Notice Issued: 15 July 2009, 2:11 PM AKDT
Current Volcano Alert Level and Aviation Color Code: UNASSIGNED
AVO has lowered the aviation color code and volcano alert level to unassigned due to non activity since the small eruption on June 25 and that no additional ash emissions have occurred since.

Cleveland Volcano activity is detected primarily with satellite data. Alert levels are assigned on the basis of review and interpretation of this data. Because Cleveland Volcano is not monitored with seismic instruments, it receives the designation "unassigned" rather than "Green/Normal."

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:
No watches/warnings to report. Please see the National Weather Service for Alaska.
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/Map
Alaska Interagency Coordination Center (AICC):
As of today, there have been a total of 409 fires reported with total acreage of 965,170.4. Also, there are:
70 Active Wildfires
12 – Staffed Wildfires
9 – Prescribed Fires
37 – False Alarms; and
2 Fire TFRs

There are two TFRs posted. Pilots should check NOTAMs and Temporary Flight Restrictions with FAA. FAA Website for NOTAMS: http://airspace.nifc.gov/mapping/nifc/ (Click on TFRs by State). FAA Website for NOTAMS: http://airspace.nifc.gov/mapping/nifc/ (Click on TFRs by State)

• 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 

Shanta Creek: Acres: 12,578.0 caused by lightning, staffed by 452 personnel.
Slow rates of spread today except in the white fir uplands where fire behavior was moderate. A clear sky provided a more accurate GPS mapping. Two T2 Crews were demobilized. (See
attached news release)

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.
Valid Time: Valid July 14 at 10:00 AM until July 16 at 11:00 AM.

South Central Alaska:
Location(S) Impacted: Copper River Basin.
Valid Time: Valid July 14 at 10:30 AM until July 16 at 11:00 AM.

• Lightning Map Information
There were 717 lightning strikes in Alaska from 6:00 AM yesterday to 6:00 AM today.

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, 17 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)