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AEUS74 KTSA 092024  
AQATSA  
 
AIR QUALITY ALERT MESSAGE  
OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY  
RELAYED BY  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK  
319 PM CDT THU AUG 9 2018  
 
OKZ054-060-061-064-067-110230-  
OSAGE-TULSA-ROGERS-CREEK-WAGONER-  
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF PAWHUSKA, TULSA, CLAREMORE, SAPULPA,  
AND WAGONER  
324 PM CDT THU AUG 9 2018  
   
..OZONE ALERT FRIDAY
 
 
 
THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN OZONE  
ALERT FOR FRIDAY, FOR THE TULSA METROPOLITAN AREA.  
 
AN OZONE ALERT MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE  
BUILDUP OF OZONE NEAR THE GROUND, TO AN UNHEALTHY LEVEL.  
WHEN WINDS ARE LIGHT, THE VAPORS FROM FUELS SUCH AS GASOLINE,  
EXHAUST FROM ENGINES, AND AIR POLLUTANTS FROM INDUSTRIAL ACTIVITIES  
REMAIN TRAPPED NEAR THE GROUND. IF SUNSHINE IS ABUNDANT WHEN THESE  
AIR POLLUTANTS BUILD UP, A CHEMICAL PROCESS IS TRIGGERED THAT  
RESULTS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OZONE NEAR THE GROUND DURING THE  
AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS.  
 
WHILE OZONE IN THE UPPER LEVELS OF THE ATMOSPHERE IS BENEFICIAL IN  
SCREENING THE SUNS RADIATION, IT IS HARMFUL NEAR THE GROUND. OZONE  
CAN BOTHER THOSE WITH RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS AND CAN DAMAGE VEGETATION.  
 
A FEW SIMPLE MEASURES CAN BE TAKEN TO HELP KEEP THE OZONE LEVELS FROM  
BECOMING UNHEALTHY. DURING OZONE ALERT DAYS:  
 
POSTPONE ANY UNNECESSARY DRIVING AND CAR POOL IF POSSIBLE.  
IF YOU DO DRIVE TO WORK,TURN THE AIR CONDITIONER IN  
YOUR CAR OFF DURING YOUR MORNING COMMUTE. YOU CAN ALSO CUT DOWN ON  
EXTRA DRIVING BY BRINGING YOUR LUNCH TO WORK. IF YOU MUST REFUEL YOUR  
VEHICLE, DO IT IN THE EVENING AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN OR  
POSTPONE YOUR FUELING TO ANOTHER DAY.  
 
POSTPONE RUNNING THE LAWN MOWER AND GAS TRIMMER, THE EXHAUST FROM  
THESE SMALL ENGINES CONTRIBUTES A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF POLLUTION  
TO THE AIR. INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES SHOULD REDUCE POLLUTION EMISSIONS  
AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ON OZONE ALERT DAYS.  
 
THESE PREVENTATIVE MEASURES, PERFORMED THROUGHOUT THE TULSA METRO  
AREA, CAN HAVE A TREMENDOUS EFFECT IN REDUCING THE POLLUTANTS THAT  
CONTRIBUTE TO OZONE PROBLEMS.  
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF  
ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AT (918) 293-1600 OR THE INDIAN NATIONS  
COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS /INCOG/ AT (918) 584-7526. ADDITIONAL  
INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WWW.OZONEALERT.COM...  
INCLUDING CURRENT OZONE LEVELS AROUND THE TULSA AREA.  
 

 
 
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