Air Quality Resources
POWER SHUTOFF RESOURCES
November 1, 2019
Chancellor Sam Hawgood and UCSF Health CEO Mark Laret sent a message to the UCSF community:
"The Kincade wildfire, changing air quality, recurring power outages, and school closures have presented significant challenges for many who live in California, including members of our own UCSF community. We are grateful to all of you, who despite these ongoing hardships, continue to fulfill our collective responsibilities to provide care, conduct research, learn, and educate."
October 28, 2019
UCSF Police Safety Bulletin
Information About Air Quality and Public Safety Power Shutoffs, Update #3
UCSF Emergency Management teams continue to closely monitor the unfolding situation and impacts related to regional wildfires and PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS), which are affecting much of the state.
This update includes the following guidance for the UCSF community:
UCSF’s Protocol for Wildfire Smoke
When smoke from a wildfire results in an AQI of 101 or higher, teams at the campus Emergency Operations Center and Hospital Incident Command System will activate and coordinate response actions. In addition, indoor air quality monitoring will begin and windows and exterior doors should be kept closed whenever possible.
At AQI level of 151 or higher, N-95 masks will be made available to UCSF employees and learners who request them. At this AQI level, outdoor workers are encouraged to wear these masks, which will be provided through their own department.
Should AQI levels reach 201 or higher, classes that do not directly support clinical operations or research activities may be cancelled. Individual schools and programs will be involved in this decision. When these levels are reached, additional protective measures will be implemented and communicated.
Please note that due to a limited supply of N-95 masks, only one mask will be given per person, per event. It is important to note that masks are not appropriate for children and that anyone who uses an N-95 mask should follow the guidelines.
Given the fluctuating weather and wind conditions seen in the region, UCSF is actively monitoring outdoor air quality via the EPA’s AirNow website. The EPA website includes a search box to check air quality by zip code, as well as maps identifying the air quality index using a color-coded system.
Kincade Fire Expands in Scope
The Kincade Fire has now grown to more than 60,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained. As reported Oct. 27, UCSF is aware of approximately 345 faculty and staff who live in and around the evacuation areas.
The safety and security of the UCSF community is our top priority. The University understands that employees and students may not be able to come to UCSF during these challenging circumstances. Guidelines for employees impacted by the wildfires is posted on the Human Resource website. Students and trainees are asked to please be in touch with their faculty advisor, program director, or program administrator if they have questions.
PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs to Continue
PG&E crews have begun inspecting power lines and restoring power to some areas. No restoration times have been given. However, PG&E expects to begin another PSPS on a smaller scale on Tuesday morning as a proactive measure, in response to another high wind event that is forecasted. While winds are not expected to be as strong as the past weekend, some areas may not have power restored until the winds have ceased.
To prepare for these recurring power outages, please check PG&E’s PSPS website for details on what to do before and during power outages.
UCSF employees and learners, or those whose family members may be impacted by closures or power outages, should consult with their manager or advisors to request special accommodations.
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