We need to get our collective act together.
Here in the western United States, wildfire smoke has become a significant public health concern. Just think about all the people who have compromised breathing that stems from lung disease, youth or old age. Conditions were so bad in 2018 that here in the Puget Sound, we had the worst air quality of anywhere in the world, and it was bad for all living beings.
Recently I attended one of the Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) monthly sessions and there was a short briefing on the issue of air quality and wildfire smoke. You can read my brief notes below, but I'd like to emphasize that we collectively need to get ahead of this issue. All governments, at all levels need to have their public health officials coordinating with one another on what the message should be so there is not one agency contradicting another in their messaging. All that does is lead to confusion and then people go on the Internet to find solutions that may not be correct or helpful, e.g., the anti-vaccination messages that already abound.
Contact your own public health agency and find out what is being done and I'd look to including such messaging in your disaster preparedness program. People want good, relevant information about hazards, and this can lead to a good alliance with our health partners.
New air quality issues brought on by wildfires
Air quality myths
What is needed
Active planning for these types of issues