CARPA Toolkit

This page last reviewed December 27, 2011



The CARPA Toolkit provides information about practices and methods to improve preparing for and responding to airborne release emergencies. By providing these tools, we hope to provide a more consistent approach to generating data, interpreting data, and providing warnings to the public on safety and health.

The Toolkit is divided into four major areas:

  • The Data Toolkit - For resources and explanation of operational tools and guidance for emergency air monitoring, sampling, modeling, meteorology, and data management

  • The Data to Message Toolkit - For guidance in analyzing data and making rapid decisions about health and safety during emergencies.

  • The Message to Audience Toolkit - Which provides useful tools and templates for messaging and emergency communication during an airborne release

  • The Emergency Response Toolkit - For general emergency preparedness and response information using an all-hazard approach.


More information on policies and procedures for inclusion in the CARPA Toolkits can be found in the following:


CARPA Toolkit Policy (March 2010) (pdf)

Toolkit Submittal Form (doc)

Toolkit Approval Form (doc)



The California Air Response Planning Alliance (CARPA) was formed in 2006 by the California Air Resources Board, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (now known as CalEMA). CARPA's mission is to provide actionable incident response information to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of accidental or deliberate releases of hazardous compounds into the air.





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