Ozone Season is Here!

air-qualty-graphNow that we’re well into the 2013 ozone season, you might be wondering how you can be notified if there is an Ozone Alert. Wonder no more — there are many ways to get this information.

      1. Email — You can personalize how you receive forecasts in your inbox with EnviroFlash. Select the “orange” level or higher if you only want to hear about Ozone Alert days, or select a lower level if you’d like to receive forecasts for green or yellow days too.
      2. Text Message — If you’d rather receive notifications via SMS (text message), you can also subscribe using EnviroFlash. Instructions for each cell phone provider are linked next to the Email Address field when you’re filling out your subscriber information. (Normal text message rates apply.)
      3. Social Media — We’re all over social media! Get daily SkyCasts through our Twitter account (@airqkc), Ozone Alerts and other good info on our Facebook page, or check out some of the videos we’ve posted on our YouTube channel.
      4. Traditional Media  We make sure all of the local television and radio stations and newspapers know when high ground-level ozone concentrations are expected so they can pass along the word to you. If your favorite source isn’t letting you know, tell us and we’ll make sure they know how important that information is to their viewers/listeners/readers/you!
      5. Kansas City Scout Message Boards — The lighted message signs along the drive home that alert drivers to accidents, construction and expected travel times also display Ozone Alerts as soon as one is forecast for the next day. The message is also displayed throughout the day of the Ozone Alert.
      6. Public Transportation — The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and Johnson County Transit offer reduced fares on Ozone Alert days, but the buses also flash OZONE ALERT DAY messages on their on-board signs. Even if you’re not riding the bus, you can see the message as the bus passes by.

You might also find Ozone Alert information on message boards at your local health department or widgets on your local government’s website. We are always looking for new ways to reach out and let everyone know about air quality in the Kansas City region. Have a good idea for another place for us to spread the word? Let us know at AirQ@marc.org.

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