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September is National Preparedness Month

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), September is National Preparedness month. With hurricanes, storms and fires raging across the United States, we put together a list of suggestions on how to prepare for disasters from state and federal agencies. While the threat of a hurricane is minimal for Idaho, we do have other dangers this month. Just this week, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declared an air quality advisory across the entire state for the first time since 2015. The Treasure Valley has been under a red air advisory, which means the air is “unhealthy” according to the United States Department of Agriculture  - Forest Service (DOA).  Although it doesn’t seem like there is much you can do to avoid the unhealthy air, the DOA and Idaho DEQ do provide tips to staying prepared and avoiding the smoke: 
Limit driving during the day
Limit idling
Refuel after the sun goes down
Don't "top off" your gas tank
Avoid congested areas of traffic
Use water-based paints
Use transit or carpool
Use newest/best maintained car
Take as little trips as possible and share rides
Postpone using gasoline mowers
Barbecue without starter fluid
Avoid prolonged exertion outdoors
Absolutely zero campfires are allowed
Stay inside and run the air conditioner
Although Idaho does not have to prepare for hurricanes, there are others who need our help. To donate to United Way’s Harvey recovery efforts please visit: United Way Harvey Recovery Fund