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181 NOUS41 KOKX 290959 PNSOKX PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179- 291000- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 600 AM EDT SAT APR 29 2017 ...AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK IS MAY 1 - MAY 5... TODAY`S TOPIC IS AIR QUALITY FORECASTS AND SAFETY TIPS TO MITIGATE POOR AIR QUALITY. OVER THE PAST DECADE...MORE STATE AND LOCAL AGENCIES HAVE BEGUN AIR QUALITY FORECASTING FOR THEIR COMMUNITIES. TODAY...FORECASTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MORE THAN 300 CITIES NATIONWIDE BASED ON PREDICTED CONCENTRATIONS OF KNOWN POLLUTANTS SUCH AS OZONE AND PARTICLE POLLUTION. FOR THOSE LOCALITIES FORECASTING AIR QUALITY...NOAA FORECAST GUIDANCE IS CURRENTLY PROVIDED TO STATE AND LOCAL AGENCY FORECASTERS...IMPROVING THEIR ABILITY TO PREDICT THE ONSET...SEVERITY...AND DURATION OF POOR AIR QUALITY. IN ADDITION...NOAA PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE AIR QUALITY PREDICTIONS ON AIRQUALITY.WEATHER.GOV WITH HOUR BY HOUR INFORMATION ABOUT OZONE...SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES...AND DUST FROM DUST STORMS FOR CITIES...SUBURBS...AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. OUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL DISSEMINATE AIR QUALITY ADVISORIES/ALERTS ISSUED BY THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION...(NYS DEC)...NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION...(NJ DEP)...AND CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION...(CT DEEP). THESE ADVISORIES/ALERTS WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED ON OUR WEB PAGE MAP AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/NYC. IN ADDITION...AIR QUALITY FORECASTS FROM THESE SAME STATE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES WILL BE DISSEMINATED. THESE ADVISORIES AND FORECASTS CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OKX/AIRQUALITY. USE THE AIR QUALITY INDEX...(AQI)...AND DAILY AIR QUALITY FORECASTS TO HELP YOU DETERMINE WHEN YOU NEED TO MAKE CHANGES. THIS INDEX IS A COLOR CODED SCALE THAT TELLS YOU WHO NEEDS TO TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE EXPOSURE TO OZONE OR PARTICLE POLLUTION. LOCAL AIR QUALITY FORECASTS ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW.AIRNOW.GOV. FOR UP TO DATE AIR QUALITY INFORMATION...THE AIRNOW MOBILE APP IS AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE REAL-TIME AIR QUALITY INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN USE TO PROTECT YOUR HEALTH WHEN PLANNING YOUR DAY. THIS SMARTPHONE APP INCLUDES LOCATION-SPECIFIC REPORTS ON CURRENT AIR QUALITY AND AIR QUALITY FORECASTS FOR BOTH OZONE AND FINE PARTICLE POLLUTION. IN ADDITION...THE EPA ENVIROFLASH TOOL PROVIDES AIR QUALITY FORECASTS AND ACTION DAY NOTIFICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATING COMMUNITIES VIA EMAIL. ENVIROFLASH PROVIDES INSTANT INFORMATION THAT CAN BE CUSTOMIZED FOR EACH USERS NEEDS. YOU CAN HELP REDUCE POLLUTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY BY FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES. THESE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT WHEN OZONE IS EXPECTED TO BE UNHEALTHY... * CHOOSE A CLEANER COMMUTE...SHARE A RIDE TO WORK OR USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. COMBINE ERRANDS AND REDUCE TRIPS. * DELAY USING GASOLINE POWERED LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT UNTIL LATER IN THE DAY OR UNTIL DAYS WHEN THE AIR QUALITY IS BETTER. * LIMIT ENGINE IDLING. * GET REGULAR ENGINE TUNE UPS AND CAR MAINTENANCE CHECKS...ESPECIALLY THE SPARK PLUGS. YOU CAN HELP PREVENT OR REDUCE UNHEALTHY LEVELS OF PARTICLE POLLUTION WITH THESE ACTIONS. * MAKE SURE IF YOU BURN WITH WOOD...YOU BURN ONLY DRY SEASONED WOOD AND MAINTAIN A HOT FIRE. * AVOID USING GAS-POWERED LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT. * AVOID BURNING LEAVES...TRASH AND OTHER MATERIALS. * REPLACE YOUR CAR`S AIR FILTER AND OIL REGULARLY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON AIR QUALITY AWARENESS WEEK...VISIT US ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB AT WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV. THAT`S WWW.AIRQUALITY.NOAA.GOV. $$

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