O​zone Alerts

Ozone Alerts are a proactive measure to keep ozone levels low in Wichita and surrounding areas.

Information Communicated

Ozone Alerts are intended to inform Wichita and the surrounding Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of potentially high ozone so they can:

  • Plan "Everyday Actions" that can reduce ozone-forming emissions and avoid high ozone levels
  • Take precautions to avoid potential harmful effects of ozone

Everyday Actions

Ozone Alerts should encourage the community to plan Everyday Actions to eliminate ozone-forming emissions and reduce the possibility for ozone levels to be high. Encouraging community members to sign up for Ozone Alerts and reinforcing the list of Everyday Actions are invaluable ways to help.

The following are things to do on an Ozone Alert Day to keep Ozone Levels low:

  • Share a ride, walk, or bike
  • Take the bus
  • Refuel in the evening
  • Drive less - postpone errands and take your lunch to work
  • Do lawn and garden chores gasoline-free
  • Turn your key, be idle free
  • Walk-in, avoid the drive-through
  • Conserve energy
  • Postpone projects that use products that produce fumes - solvents, varnishes, paints, and some cleaners

Distribution Channels

Ozone Alerts are circulated through multiple channels including:

  • Email distribution
  • 10 am City of Wichita Public Safety Briefing
  • City of Wichita social media sites on Facebook and Twitter
  • BeAirAwareKS Instagram

When Alerts Are Issued

Ozone Alerts are issued when meteorological and environmental conditions indicate ozone levels could be high the following day. Conditions that can cause high ozone levels include:

  • High temperatures
  • Increased amounts of ozone on preceding days
  • High ozone upwind
  • High-wind conditions

Ozone Alert Days

When weather and environmental conditions indicate Ozone levels could be high, an Ozone Alert will be issued. Ozone Alerts will be issued the day before the Ozone Alert Day, so that you can plan Everyday Actions for the next day to keep ozone levels low.

Sign up for Ozone Alert Emails

Sign up to receive Ozone Alert emails for the Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes all of Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey and Sumner Counties.