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AIRNOW A New Way to Look at the Atmosphere Template Presentation for Regional Toolkit. Cooperative effort between U.S. EPA, NPS, state and local air agencies to collect, quality assure, and transfer real-time and forecast air quality information to the public

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AIRNOW

A New Way to Look at the Atmosphere

Template Presentation for Regional Toolkit

what is airnow
Cooperative effort between U.S. EPA, NPS, state and local air agencies to collect, quality assure, and transfer real-time and forecast air quality information to the public

Utilizes the Air Quality Index (AQI); a national reporting program that links air quality levels to cautionary health messages

Fast and easy access for the media to deliver understandable air quality information that will help the public make good health- based decisions about their daily activities

What is AIRNOW?
why air quality
Why Air Quality?

Number of People Living in Counties With Air Quality

Concentrations above the Level of the NAAQS* in 2002

Based on air quality data from 2002, “approximately 146 million people live

in counties where monitored air was unhealthy…”

-- EPA 2002 Status

and Trends Report

* National Ambient Air Quality Standards

what s available now
What’s Available Now?
  • Real-time ozone
  • animations
  • Next-day AQI
  • forecasts

www.epa.gov/airnow

how is it being used on air
How is it being used?On Air
  • Local/regional
  • coverage
  • National
  • coverage
expanded aqi forecasting
Who:Millions of people

What:Year-round monitoring & forecasting air quality

Where:Available for cities across the U.S.

When:Launched Nationally October 1

How:The same familiar 5-color system

“Today is forecast to be a code redday. This means that air quality is unhealthy for everyone and everyone should avoid strenuous activities.”

Expanded AQI Forecasting
why particle pollution
Microscopic particles in the air

Also called particulate matter, PM, fine particles or haze

Creates atmospheric haze

Comes from vehicle exhaust, fires, industrial and agricultural processes

Can be breathed deep into the lungs and causes significant health threats…

Why: Particle Pollution
the doctor says particle pollution
Aggravates lung disease including asthma

Aggravates heart disease including congestive heart failure

Resulting in:

More premature deaths

More admissions to hospitals

More trips to emergency rooms

More visits to doctors’ offices

More school and work absences

More symptom days

The doctor says particle pollution…
so who s at risk
People with heart or lung disease

(including asthma)

Conditions make them vulnerable

Older adults

Greater prevalence of heart and lung

disease

Children

More likely to be active

Breathe more air per pound

Bodies still developing

So Who’s at Risk?
what do you say

AQI color code

Who is affected?

What is the significance?

What action should people take?

Green

Air quality is good

Enjoy activities

Yellow

People who are unusually sensitive to air pollution

Air quality is a concern for people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution

People unusually sensitive to air pollution: Plan strenuous activities when air quality is better

Orange

People with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children

Air quality is unhealthy for people in sensitive groups

Sensitive groups: Cut back or reschedule strenuous activities

Red

Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children

Air quality is unhealthy for everyone

Everyone: Cut back or reschedule strenuous activities

Sensitive groups: Avoid strenuous activities

Purple

Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children

Air quality is very unhealthy for everyone

Everyone: Significantly cut back on physical activities

Sensitive groups: Avoid all physical activities

What do you say?
one more time
Particles are a significant health problem

Affect different groups of people

A year-round problem

Both indoors and outdoors

Day and night

You can make a difference!

One more time…
get the tools you need
www.epa.gov/airnow

At-a-glance messages

Health messages and tips

Web updates to materials you can use to talk about air quality

National and regional real-time maps and graphics

Get the Tools You Need