Peralta Community College District
Risk Management Department
333 East Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94606
Phone: (510) 466-7264
Fax: (510) 466-7249
Air Quality Update for Thursday- October 12, 2017
The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an index that reports air quality. It informs us how clean or polluted our air is, as well as what health concerns we should be aware of. Levels of sensitivity to air quality varies by person and may affect persons of all ages and backgrounds. Most people know of their sensitivities to air quality and others can feel the effects of poorer quality air immediately.
With recent fires in the area our air quality has fluctuated from Good (0-50) to Moderate (51-100), and most recently from Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101-150) to Unhealthy (151-200). While we have not reached the Very Unhealthy (201-300) threshold in Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley; this level has been reached in areas farther North.
On Thursday, October 12th air quality levels are expected to be around 180 (Unhealthy). While Campuses will be open, we encourage the following:
- Reduce outdoor exertion; take breaks and plan outdoor activities in morning and not in the afternoon. Children and elderly are encouraged to avoid outdoor activities.
- Be on the lookout for serious respiratory problems like coughing, wheezing possible for older adults, children and people with heart, lung disease
- Asthma sufferers keep quick-relief medicine handyInstructors, are encouraged to exercise flexibility for attendance requirements for students with respiratory issues and/or sensitivities to air exposure.Faculty, Staff and Administrators with sensitivities are encouraged to use sick leave or other available time off, after communicating with your Supervisor, Managers, Deans, Vice Presidents, etc.
As mentioned above, levels of sensitivity to air quality varies by person, be vigilant and pay attention to your body.
If you or someone around you experiences an emergency call 911 or the Campus Police at 510-466-7236
Please stay tuned for additional updates as new information is received.