Wondering About Air Quality? Postman Can Help.

In  October 2017, the team at Postman created a collection in response to the wildfires that devastated Northern California. Now Southern California is battling ferocious wildfires, with no end in sight. 

The fires have brought tragedy, and caused hazardous ash and smoke pollution in the surrounding areas. Postman wants Southern Californians and the rest of the world to stay aware of the air quality in their surroundings.

This collection gets air quality updates from the AccuWeather API and posts them to Twitter according to your account and location specifications. We have also included links to local charities that can assist families and emergency workers in Southern California.

Get Involved

Many families in Southern California are in need of food, clothing, and additional supplies. We’ve collected a few resources for those who want to aid these communities.

United Way of Ventura County
Accepting online monetary donations and through texting UWVC to 4144.

The American Red Cross of Ventura County
Supporting three shelters in the region and welcome online donations, by phone at 800-733-2767 and through texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Salvation Army Ventura  Corps
Accepting food and water donations, as well as online monetary donations for evacuees at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

YouCaring
Creating over a dozen wildfire relief fundraisers online, tailored to specific victims and families who have lost their homes or suffered great losses.

The Humane Society of Ventura County
Accepting online donations to help animals affected by the wildfires.

Technologies Used

  1. Postman – This collection utilizes Postman Collections, Postman Monitors, and Postman Environments.

  2. AccuWeather APIAccuWeather’s API allows users to obtain real weather data, including air quality data.

  3. Twitter – We’ve chosen to use the Twitter API as a platform to reach out to our community and spread the message about the state of the San Francisco air quality since the Northern California fires have started. You can configure your own Twitter account to post periodic air quality updates.

Learn More and Try It Out

Check out the docs for the Postman Air Quality Monitor Collection and try it out for yourself.

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Author: Andrew Broz

I'm a dev at Postman, returned Peace Corps volunteer, Texan, math major, and sometimes cellist. Я говорю по-русский (і українською також).