June 7, 2023: With the unhealthy air quality from elevated levels of smoke from the wildfires in Canada, the Connecticut Department of Public Health is recommending that people with asthma or heart and lung conditions avoid outdoor exercise today and Thursday. DPH recommends using AirNow, to see the current and forecasted air quality in your area.

  • Call the American Red Cross at 1-877-RED-CROSS (1-877-733-2767) to make an appointment to donate blood.
  • Contact the relief agencies/organizations in your area to see what they may need, like clothing or food.
  • Take a Basic First-Aid or CPR class.
  • Consider joining a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Contact your local town or city for more information.
  • Consider volunteering for a public health response team. Contact your local health department/district for more information. To find your local health department, go to www.ct.gov/dph/localhealth.
  • If you are a license or retired healthcare professional, or if you're not a healthcare professional and are interested in volunteering during a disaster at a hospital or local/regional medical reserve corps unit, go to www.ct-esar-vhp.org and sign up to volunteer today.

  • You can also visit the DPH's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response to learn about other volunteer opportunities at www.ct.gov/dph/prepare

  • Form a neighborhood watch program to be better prepared for potential future events.
  • Share this preparedness information with a neighbor, your school, church, or other groups you are involved in. Help us spread the word about the importance of emergency preparedness!

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