POSTED: Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 12:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 3:25pm
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages citizens and businesses to become more aware of the air quality.
An easy way to keep informed about air quality is through the free EnviroFlash automatic notification system. EnviroFlash is a free e-mail and text alert system that delivers air quality information straight to an inbox or phone.
To subscribe, citizens can fill in basic information such as the frequency with which they would like to receive notifications, e-mail address and ZIP code. The subscriber will then receive alerts either daily or when ozone or particle pollution is expected to be unhealthy. Another benefit to subscribing to EnviroFlash is that DEQ will send out manual emails to subscribers when there is an event, such as a fire, that affects the air quality.
To stay better informed about ozone and other air quality matters, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality encourages the general public sign up for the EnviroFlash system. These are the Web addresses to sign up statewide:
• http://Batonrougearea.enviroflash.info 
• http://neworleansarea.enviroflash.info 
• http://shreveportarea.enviroflash.info 
• http://alexandriaarea.enviroflash.info 
• http://lakecharlesarea.enviroflash.info 
• http://monroearea.enviroflash.info 
• http://thibodauxarea.enviroflash.info 
• http://lafayettearea.enviroflash.info 
• Or go to www.deq.louisiana.gov/enviroflash  and choose your location.
Knowing about air quality is the first step in taking measures to preventing pollution. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been steadily making the standards for criteria pollutants stricter. While only one area of the state, the Greater Baton Rouge Area, is currently out of attainment for the pollutant ozone, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Lafayette, New Orleans and Houma/Thibodaux are close to nonattainment. These areas have joined the EPA Ozone Advance program to take measures to reduce pollutants, and an important part of that is for citizens to participate.