CARPA Toolkit - Data to Message
This page last reviewed June 4, 2013
Operational tools and guidance for analyzing data and making rapid decisions about health and safety during emergencies.
The interpretation and use of air monitoring and sampling data follows the 'Actionable' model.
Particulate Health EffectsWildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials (2008 version; pdf)
Also know as the Wildfire Smoke Guide, this document assists fire, public health, and air quality officials in making decisions involving public impact of smoke from wildfires. Includes descriptions of the air quality index, public health statement templates, ash cleanup guidelines, and mask guidelines.
Please note: Table 3 has been updated to reflect the revised US EPA Air Quality Index (AQI) breakpoints that were made final in December 2012.
Acute Toxics Health EffectsAcute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs)
Community and Responder Action Levels (pdf)
Effects of Common Air Pollutants (courtesy of US EPA AirNow)
Emergency Response Planning Guidelines (ERPGs)
Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) levels
Protective Action Criteria / Temporary Emergency Exposure Limits (PAC/TEELs)
Provisional Advisory Levels for Hazardous Agents (PALs)
DatabasesAirNow (near real time data)
NIOSH Pocket Guide
An explanation of the WISER database strengths and capabilities