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WSU Pullman Alerts

Very Poor Air Quality

July 31, 2021 1:41pm

Very poor air quality currently exists at the WSU Pullman campus. Avoid outdoor activities, if possible.

People experiencing respiratory distress should contact a health care professional immediately. Pullman students can call Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575.

Older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with preexisting respiratory and heart conditions may be more likely to get sick if they breathe in wildfire smoke. If you experience any signs of respiratory distress or other health concerns, contact your health care provider.

There are many steps you can take for limiting exposure to unhealthy, smoky air.

Avoid being outdoors. Use public transportation rather than walking or biking.

Stay inside as much as possible. Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and using an air filter and air conditioning. Make sure your air conditioner’s fresh-air intake is closed and the filter is clean to prevent outdoor smoke from getting inside.

Do not add to indoor pollution. Avoid using candles, fireplaces, or gas stoves. Do not vacuum, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home. Do not smoke, because smoking puts even more pollution into the air. 

Follow your health care provider’s guidance. If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and your respiratory management plan.

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Covid-19 Recovery

June 16, 2021 1:28pm

WSU continues to provide resources and information surrounding the Covid-19 response and recovery.

For Returning to the Workplace:

COVID-19 Work Plan | Environmental Health & Safety

Returning to a WSU Work Location – Human Resource Services, Washington State University

For Student Life:

Housing and Residence Life at WSU Pullman

For additional information:

Our COVID-19 Response | Washington State University

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Safety Welcome Letter

Welcome all new and returning students, faculty, and staff to Washington State University. As we begin a new academic year, it is important that we take a moment to emphasize our commitment to safety and security for everyone here at Washington State University. Our community is a busy and active environment. Keeping our students, faculty, staff, visitors and vendors safe is our greatest priority. In the event of an emergency or potential threat, WSU has a robust system of communication pathways including text messaging, outdoor warning system and social media to notify the campus community. This letter is to familiarize you with the WSU Alert … » More …

Very Unhealthy Air Quality

Heavy smoke from regional wildfires has resulted in very unhealthy air quality on the Pullman campus. Classes will proceed as normal but individuals are encouraged to stay indoors when not traveling to or from classes or work. Outdoor activities should be avoided, if possible. People experiencing respiratory distress should contact a health care professional immediately. Pullman students can call Cougar Health Services at 509-335-3575.

For information from Human Resource Services regarding air quality, see https://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/wildfire-air-quality-faq/

Older adults, pregnant women, children, and people with preexisting respiratory and heart conditions may be more likely to get sick if they breathe in wildfire smoke. If you experience any … » More …

Air Quality Alert

The National Weather Service has issued an air quality alert until 10 am Wednesday, August 14th.

Air quality is expected to degrade across Pullman and Whitman County into the moderate to unhealthy for sensitive groups category depending on wind direction and time of day. Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience respiratory distress, you should speak with your physician. If possible, stay inside or reduce the amount of time spent outside.

Air quality will continue to be monitored. Some improvement in ventilation will be possible toward the end of the week. The air … » More …

Excessive Heat Watch and Air Quality Alert

NWS Spokane has issued both an air quality alert and excessive heat watch this week. The air quality alert is in effect until 10 am Friday, August 10th. Smoke from wildfires in Washington, Idaho, BC and areas to our south will cause unhealthy air for the next few days. High pressure over the region will bring light winds and very little ventilation of smoke. Children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory illnesses are most at risk of serious health effects. If you experience respiratory distress, you should speak with your physician. For general information about air quality and wildfire smoke, go to http://ehs.wsu.edu/ph/wildfiresmoke.html.

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