California Air Response Planning
Who We Are
This page last reviewed January 28, 2013
CARPA Mission Statement
The California Air Response Planning Alliance (CARPA) is established to provide a forum for air districts, environmental and public health departments, emergency response agencies, and public information officers, to facilitate an increase in response coordination and agency capabilities for responding to large hazardous air release incidents and protecting the public’s health in California. [Read more…]
Following the 2003 Southern California wildfires, issues surrounding the massive air quality impacts underscored a critical needs to improve the coordination and capabilities of federal, state, local, and tribal agencies to collect, interpret, and provide air quality information to the public, media, and elected official in a timely and effective manner.
In later 2005, Jeff Cook (ARB, now retired) and John Kennedy (US EPA) formed a partnership with the California Office of Emergency Services (now the California Emergency Management Agency, CalEMA) to convene an ad hoc group of agencies involved at the federal, state, local. and tribal levels in the disciplines of air quality management, emergency response, public and environmental health, and public information. In 2006, the California Air Response Planning Alliance was formed.
Membership in CARPA is open to anyone interested in strengthening California' capacity to respond to major airborne releases or other emergencies with air quality impacts. To join, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the CARPA listserv.
the CARPA Subcommittees are always looking for dedicated and energetic members who prefer to focus more specifically on one or more of the practice areas within emergency management of airborne emergencies:
- The Data Subcommittee focuses on the analytical aspects of airborne releases including emergency air monitoring, sampling, modeling, meteorology, and data management.
- The Data to Message Subcommittee focuses on developing, standardizing, and applying public health guidance for making rapid decisions about health and safety during emergencies.
- The Message to Audience Subcommittee focuses on training and tools for messaging and emergency communication during an airborne release.
To join any of the subcommittees, please email email@example.com.
The CARPA Steering Committee is the overall coordination group responsible for designing the direction of CARPA activities, including training and outreach. Steering Committee members represent groups that will likely interact during emergencies including public health, environmental health, emergency management, first responders, hazmat, air quality, and public information, as well as technical specialists in a variety of fields from meteorology and modeling to sampling, analysis, and toxicology.
The Steering Committee is organized by two-co-chairs who serve overlapping two-year terms