New epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecasting system

Following the epidemic thunderstorm asthma event in Victoria in November 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services has been working with the Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and other research organisations to develop an epidemic thunderstorm asthma forecasting system.

The system is now operational and providing predictions of the risk of an epidemic thunderstorm asthma event for the current day and the following 2 days. The forecast operates on a scale from low to high and uses a colour coded scale of green (low), orange (moderate) and red (high). You can access the 3 day forecast on the VicEmergency website www.emergency.vic.gov.au/prepare  or download the VicEmergency app.

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