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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Management & Finance

Bureau of Human Resources

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Phone: 503-823-3572

Benefits Line: 503-823-6031

1120 SW 5th Ave, Room 987, Portland, OR 97204

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Unhealthy Air Events

Smoke from fires can be dangerous for everyone. Take steps to protect your health.

 This wildfire season is especially challenging during the COVID-19 pandemic. The best way to protect you and your family this year will be to stay indoors and keep indoor air as clean as possible. It might not be safe to go to public spaces to seek cleaner and cooler indoor air away from home due to COVID-19.

Outdoor smoke contains very small particles and gases, including carbon monoxide. These particles can get into your eyes and lungs where they can cause health problems. Some respiratory symptoms, include cough, sore throat, and difficulty breathing, are common to both wildfire smoke exposure and COVID-19. Main sources of outdoor smoke in Oregon:

  • Wildfires

  • Wood stoves, pellet stoves, and fireplaces

  • Agricultural burning

  • Prescribed fires (used to manage forests)

Find more information at PublicAlerts.org's Wildfire2020 includes regional info about evacuations and shelter. Sign up for the alerts in cause you are in an impacted area. A burn ban is in effect for Multnomah County. Emergency order has closed parks and natural areas.


Kaiser NW pharmacy is allowing early/replacement refills for members impacted by the wild fires and evacuations.  Applicable member cost shares apply.  Members can contact their KP pharmacy as they normally would.  Pharmacy staff are prepared to assist!  503-813-2000 or www.kp.org


PBEM - Unhealthy Air Events

Operational guide from PBEM on Unhealthy Air Events

Fact Sheet for Emergency Refill Too Soon Overrides

September 2020 Express Scripts Fact Sheet for Emergency Refill Too Soon Overrides