1. Purchase the flags
2. Educate your organization and the community
Learn about the Air Quality Index colors and read through the Coordinator Handbook (PDF, 11 pp., 1.3MB, about PDF) and the Fact Sheet (PDF, 1 p., 275K). Use the sample parent letter (PDF, 1 p., 80K) or employee email and the sample press release (DOCX, 1 p., 32K) to tell people about the program. Schools may want to check out the additional materials for schools and put up the Air Quality Flag poster (PDF, 1 p., 2.5MB) in hallways or classrooms to remind everyone what the colors mean.
3. Fly the day's flag
Sign up for a daily email about the air quality forecast or you can download the Flag Program widget to your homepage. The email and the widget tell you which flag to fly each day.
4. Take actions when the air quality is unhealthy
See what actions to take for each color, while still keeping the community active.
Please complete this online registration form when you adopt a flag program. EPA will add your organization to the online list of program participants and will send you an official certificate for display.