Asthma Alert is a pilot program funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government and supported by the WA State Emergency Management Committee. The Asthma Alert pilot has been developed in consultation with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Department of Health in Western Australia.
The Asthma Alert Facebook Group aims to reduce the impact that smoke has on the lives of people who may be living with or caring for someone with asthma or other respiratory conditions, particularly where smoke is known to be a trigger for them.
How many times have you walked out of your home or office to smell smoke in the air?
It may be isolated to your local area or it may be far spread. Sometimes, the smoke you are experiencing may not be recorded by our State emergency services yet but you can play a significant role in helping warn people with asthma and other respiratory conditions to a potential smoke hazard. Through the Asthma Alert community, we can share information and support one another as we aim to reduce the risk of a life-threatening asthma emergency.
In the Asthma Alert group, we will refer to existing alert systems that have been developed and are coordinated by our State’s environmental and emergency services (emergency.wa.gov.au) and call upon the Asthma Alert community to help their peers by sharing when they observe smoke in the air in their local area.
Through the Asthma Alert, we will provide you with tips and tools on how to reduce the impact of smoke on people who are affected by asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or other respiratory conditions and we encourage members to provide feedback and share their experiences of how smoke may impact them.
ALERTS AND UPDATES
Smoke Tracking Study – Participants Needed
The WA Department of Health seeking participants to test the AirTracker app as a new way to track both how smoke moves and affects people’s health in Perth and the South West.
AirTracker is a free smartphone app (accessed through your preferred internet browser). Using this app, you are asked to record when you see and/or smell smoke, and if you are experiencing any health symptoms. The information you share will help the Department of Health to better understand how frequent and widespread the problem of smoke from landscape fires may be.
PLANNED BURNING PROCESSES
The Asthma Alert pilot program is made possible thanks to funding and support from the Australian Government.