Suggested Outreach Opportunities

This page last reviewed January 12, 2010

This page provides suggested outreach opportunities for land and air quality managers to use 1-2 days prior to, and during, a specific burn. While conducting a burn, the land and air quality managers should work closely with the media to inform the public of the burn's status.

Scope of Information:

  • Focus on the project
    • Status of the burn
    • How long the burn will continue
    • How long the smoke will last
  • How the land and air quality managers have been working together to minimize the smoke impacts
  • Details of the SMP for this specific burn
    • Specific goals of the burn
    • Contingency plan and information
  • Smoke Impacts and Health Information
    • What the impacts on the public are likely be (Fact Sheet: Smoke Management and Public Health)
    • Where the impacts are expected
    • What the public should do if they experience smoke impacts
  • Identify appropriate agency contacts through which the public can get more information

Target Audiences and Outreach Opportunities:

  • Sensitive Receptors
    • Make a special effort (phone calls, knock at door, etc.) in the days prior to ingnition to inform these individuals about your impending plans
  • Neighboring Agencies
  • Radio, Television and Print Media
    • Provide interviews
    • Invite journalists to "participate" in the burn
    • What the public should do if they experience smoke impacts
    • Periodic updates should be phoned or faxed to media
  • General Public

This page updated May 12, 2003.
SMP Public Outreach Protocol