Alameda County Health Department

The Alameda County Public Health Department has received an $18,000 grant from the National Association of County and City Health Officials to expand its efforts to warn residents about the dangers of smoke from wildfires.

As part of its climate-change resilience efforts, the county has already developed multilingual smoke advisory materials warning about the threat posed by particulates in smoke from wildfires, especially for children, older adults and those with pre-existing respiratory conditions.

The county is expected to use the grant to conduct focus groups to develop preferred methods of communication about air-quality levels for specific audience and the protective actions they should take. It will also develop a list of trusted agents in the community to send out wildfire smoke alerts.