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11/10/2017: PUBLIC ADVISORY ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES #2

PUBLIC ADVISORY ON NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES

11 October 2017

 

San Francisco – The Philippine Consulate General urges kababayans residing in areas affected by multiple fires in Northern California to closely monitor developments in their respective areas and heed the warnings and follow instructions of local authorities particularly evacuation orders.

 

In view of the expected worsening situation in Northern California in due to low humidity and strong winds, kababayans are encouraged to get up-to-date information on evacuations, shelters and road closures by texting your zip code to 888777, and to monitor the situation through social media and websites of local and state authorities and local media.

 

Filipino nationals are likewise urged to monitor the air quality through agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (https://airnow.gov) and Bay Area Air Quality Management District (http://www.baaqmd.gov).

 

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Health Advisory and Spare the Air Alert today due to very unhealthy air quality throughout the Bay Area due to the wildfires in the North Bay. According to the advisory, air quality could be impacted for many days to come. Outside of the active fire areas, air quality will be variable and unpredictable. Air quality may improve at times or get worse very quickly. The agency called on Bay Area residents to protect their health, especially in Napa and Sonoma counties. It was recommended that if possible, residents impacted by heavy smoke seek shelter in buildings with filtered air OR move to areas outside the region less impacted by wildfire smoke until smoke levels subside.

 

For further 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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