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DEQ to hold brainstorming session on EPA grant opportunity for wildfire smoke preparedness

Statewide, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be hosting a community brainstorming session from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, to discuss the recently announced U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant opportunity for Wildfire Smoke Preparedness in Community Buildings. An EPA information session related to this same funding opportunity is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 10. More information about this funding opportunity and where to register for the EPA’s information session.

The goal of this funding opportunity is to improve public health protection against smoke from wildfires by enhancing preparedness in community buildings. EPA is soliciting applications for projects that support this effort through activities such as:

  • smoke readiness planning,
  • outreach and training for smoke readiness,
  • indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring,
  • deployment of portable air cleaners,
  • identification and preparation of cleaner air shelters, and
  • significant improvements to buildings such as upgrading and repairing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units or systems and weatherization.

As a state prone to wildfire smoke, DEQ wants to support this work and our valued partners around Oregon in whatever way possible. DEQ invites all who are interested to attend this brainstorming session. This session will be held virtually and can be accessed using the meeting details below:

DEQ Community Brainstorming Session on Upcoming EPA Grant

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12

Join by phone by calling 503-446-4951

Phone Conference ID: 602 492 841#

Meeting Host: DEQ Smoke Team

Persons or organizations wishing to provide input during this brainstorming session will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, with consideration given to hearing from a variety of collaborators. If you’re unavailable for this brainstorming session, written input can also be sent (via email) directly to and should be received by no later than close of business on Friday, April 14.

The deadline for this EPA funding opportunity is 8:59 p.m. (Pacific) on Tuesday, May 9, 2023. We look forward to brainstorming with you.