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The Forest Stewards Guild’s HEPA Filter Loan Program

Published Jan 22, 2020 11:08 pm by Sam Berry, Forest Stewards Guild

In 2018, the Forest Stewards Guild began our high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter loan program in Santa Fe. The short-term intent of the program was to support people during smoke impacts from prescribed burns when our partners in the Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition were burning near the city. Long-term, our intention was to provide a service that could shift communities towards being better prepared for smoke and more adapted to wildland fire.
Getting the Word Out
With support from the City of Santa Fe Fire Department, we purchased 8 medium-sized HEPA filters. Each filter has the capacity to filter the air in a medium-sized living room and shelter someone from the worst effects of smoke particulates. To ensure that information about the loan program went out with the most recent information about prescribed burning, we had Public Information Officers (PIOs) from agencies include a notice in their outreach (press release example).…

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