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09/10/2017: PUBLIC ADVISORY ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES

PUBLIC ADVISORY ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES

9 October 2017

 

San Francisco – The Philippine Consulate General is urging Filipino nationals residing in areas affected by multiple fires, particularly in the Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yuba and Mendocino Counties, to take precautions to ensure their health and safety as local and state authories contain the fires. California Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown, Jr. has declared a State of Emergency in Napa, Sonoma, and Yuba Counties.

 

Filipino nationals are advised to closely monitor the situation through social media and  websites of local and state authories and local media, particularly:

 

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)

Website:         http://calfire.ca.gov/

Twitter:            https://twitter.com/CAL_FIRE

Facebook:      https://www.facebook.com/CALFIRE

 

Emergency operations centers are pushing information out via Nixle. To get up-to-date information on evacuations, shelters and road closures, text your zip code to 888777.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has issued a smoke advisory today due to smoke from multiple fires in the North Bay, which is causing very unhealthy air quality throughout the region.

 

Filipino nationals may be guided by the said the said advisory as follows:

 

  • Limit outdoor activities to avoid unnecessary exposure if you smell smoke
  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside
  • Reduce exposure to smoky air by remaining indoors with windows and doors closed, if possible•
  • If you cannot keep windows and doors closed due to high temperatures, seek out cooling centers in your area•
  • Stay tuned to local media for changes in smoke or weather conditions

 

According to the advisory, smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat and irritated sinuses. Elevated particulate matter in the air can trigger wheezing in those who suffer from asthma, emphysema or COPD. Elderly persons, children and individuals with respiratory illnesses are particularly susceptible to elevated air pollution levels and should take extra precautions to avoid exposure.

 

For assistance and queries, the Philippine Consulate General may reached through:

 

Hotline:           +1 415 748 9888

Email:              atn@philippinessanfrancisco.org

Facbook:        https://www.facebook.com/PHinSF

Twitter:            https://twitter.com/PhilConGenSF

 

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