California Air Response Planning Alliance - 2008 Summit

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California Air Response Program Alliance
2008 Summit - Air Quality in Emergency Response

2008 CARPA Summit
CARPA sponsored a two-day Summit in October to bring together air quality, public health, and emergency response professionals to learn about and discuss air quality issues that arise during emergencies. Major goals included building networks among responders and developing an understanding that effective response involves a range of skills and organizational awareness.
Download 2008 Summit Documents:
2008 Conference Proceedings (11.25MB)

Proceedings Cover Letter

(62 KB)

Evaluations & Attendance
(9.6 MB)

Conference Announcement
(3.35 MB)

Program and Agenda

(2.01 MB)
The conference was divided into three themes:

Data -
Matters associated with air measurement and technical assessments specific to emergency response and the special circumstances it presents.  These included air quality analyzers and samplers, laboratory issues, and plume modeling.

Data to Message -
The interpretation of data  and the health ramifications of the collected air quality monitoring and modeling information.

Message -
Focused on the function of public information officers in incident command, and how to craft and distribute health messages to the public.

Data Presentations
Particulate Matter Air Quality Monitoring in Emergency Response
Jeff Cook, Emergency Response Coordinator
California Air Resources Board
1984 KB (pdf)
Emergency Response: Perspective of a Large Air District
Jason Low, PhD
South Coast Air Quality Management District
6557 KB (pdf)
Emergency Response: Particulate Laboratory Issues
Michael Poore, Chief Chemist
Monitoring and Laboratory Division, California Air Resources Board
51 KB (pdf)

EPA Air Monitoring Equipment
Philip R. Campagna, Chemist
Emergency Response Team, US Environmental Protection Agency
2357 KB (pdf)
Monitoring, Sampling, and Lab Techniques
Paul A. Nony, PhD, Manager of Toxicology
Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, LLC
598 KB (pdf)
LLNL Support for the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC) and Interagency Modeling & Atmospheric Assessment Center (IMAAC)
Ron Baskett, Director of Operations
NARAC-IMAAC Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
9878 KB (pdf)
Prototyping the Emergency Smoke Response System (ESRS)
Sim Larkin, PhD, Scientist
Pacific Northwest Research Station, US Forest Service
4967 KB (pdf)

Large Air Release Response: Laboratory Perspective on Gas and Vapor Air Releases
Stephen Wall, PhD, Chief, Outdoor Air Quality Research Program
Environmental Health Laboratory, California Department of Public Health
1673 KB (pdf)
Role of AIRNow during Air Emergency Response
Timothy S. Dye, Vice President of Meteorological Programs and Outreach,
Sonoma Technology, Inc.
3414 KB (pdf)
Beyond Data Collection: Data Management and Decision Making
CDR William Robberson, PE, Regional Response Team Coordinator
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX
4307 KB (pdf)
Operational Emergency Response Modeling Systems for Use with Major Releases of Airborne Hazards
Ron Baskett, Director of Operations
NARAC-IMAAC Program, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2.63 KB (pdf)

Data to Message Presentations

Data to Message Overview: Integrating data into protective health actions
Shelley DuTeaux, PhD MPH, Emergency Response Coordinator
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
111 KB (pdf)
Issues Surrounding Chemical and Biological Agent Response and Recovery
Ellen Raber, Deputy Program Manager
CBRNE Countermeasures, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
714 KB (pdf)
Overview of Health-Based Provisional Advisory Levels (PALs)
Femi Adeshina, PhD, Fellow ACT
National Homeland Security Research Center, US Environmental Protection Agency
862 KB (pdf)
Air Quality in Emergency Response Worker Health Considerations
Rupali Das, MD MPH
Occupational Health Branch, California Department of Public Health
410 KB (pdf)
Shelter-in-Place: Decisions and Challenges
Rich Nickle, MPH, Office of Emergency Response
Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry
200 KB (pdf)
Using the Air Quality Index in Emergency Events Such as Fires
Susan Lyon Stone, MS, Human Studies Division
US Environmental Protection Agency
6418 KB (pdf)

Message Presentations
Communicating Air Quality Health Messages
Kerry Shearer, Communications & Media Officer
Sacramento County Public Health
1749 KB (pdf)

Other Presentations
Introduction to SEMS and Basic ICS
Michael Warren, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator
Hazardous Materials Unit, California Emergency Management Agency
643 KB (pdf)
Air-Borne Emergency Response Procedures
Charles Mosher, MD MPH
Public Health Officer and Air Pollution Control Officer, Mariposa County
7055 KB (pdf)
2007 San Diego Wildfires: Lessons Learned
Wilma J. Wooten, MD MPH
Public Health Officer, County of San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency
1739 KB (pdf)
Trial by Fire In San Diego: Lessons Learned from Wildfires of 2003 & 2007
Bill Brick, Senior Meteorologist
San Diego County Air Pollution Control District
3864 KB (pdf)
CARPA Summit Table Top Exercise
John Kennedy, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9
Lead Exercise Facilitator
73 KB (pdf)

Conference Handouts
Sheltering in Place:  Standards and Guidelines
(courtesy, Rich Nickle, ATSDR)
25 KB (pdf)
California Mutual Aid RegionsHandout
94 KB (pdf)
Actionable Data – Handout and WorksheeetHandout
2.47 MB (pdf)
Common Acronyms and DefinitionsHandout
21 KB (pdf)
Training ResourcesHandout
13 KB (pdf)
Table Top Exercise HandoutHandout
163 KB (pdf)

If you have questions or comments, please contact
Shelley DuTeaux at (916) 324-1149 or via email at