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When faced with the dangerous task
destroying lethal biological and chemical
weapons near a populated area, the United
States government looked for an air cleaning
system to protect it's citizens. Since this
was the first time the government
incinerated nerve agents like Sarin this
close to a populated area, they were very
careful to prepare for any accidental
releases of these deadly compounds.
Residents of Calhoun County were provided
with an Austin Guardian 1 to protect them
from any airborne threats during the
destruction of the stockpiles. The Guardian
1 air purifier was specifically designed and manufactured
by Austin Air Systems, maker of the worlds
best air cleaners.
The following report was issued:
Test Report to the US Army Soldier,
Biological Chemical Command
In the wake of the tragic events of
September 11, 2001, and in response to the
resulting concern about biological threats
to US citizens, we have compiled some
information on the effectiveness of the
Austin Air HealthMate air purifier in
dealing with airborne biological threats.
The following is a summary of an April 27,
2000, report commissioned by the United
States Army entitled, 'Test Report for the
System Effectiveness of Home/Commercial
Portable Room Air Cleaners.' The purpose of
this test was to determine the effectiveness
of commercially available air cleaners at
removing contaminant vapor from a
sealed room. The reduction in the amount of
vapor contamination after the use of the air
cleaner was measured. The Austin HM400
reduced the vapor concentration by 90% in
less than 35 minutes. Over 100 units were
The Austin HM400 the was amongst the most
effective of the commercial filter units in
reducing the vapor dosage within
the test room.
Military carbon cloth (the same kind used in
bio/chemical suits) and activated carbon combine
to adsorb hundreds of harmful gases and
vapors. This filter design is unique to the
Guardian 1 and provides unparalleled
The addition of the Guardian 1 to Shelter in
Place kits provided to residents of Calhoun
County ensured that these kits far surpassed
protections recommended by government
agencies to create a Shelter in Place.
When a building or room is tightly sealed,
contaminated outside air can still enter.
The Austin Guardian 1 will reduce and
eliminate the hazard of these vapors. We are
very pleased that the Austin Air Guardian 1
was chosen to protect American citizens.
In the aftermath of the September 11th
attacks, Austin Air was there.
In the months following the collapse of the
World Trade Center (WTC), some Manhattan
residents with asthma, reported that their
asthma worsened. When the Twin Towers fell
they released tons of airborne contaminants
containing asbestos and other harmful
particulate. Austin Air cleaners with
High-efficiency particle arresting "HEPA"
filters were distributed to remove the dust
and harmful asbestos. The Austin Air cleaner
removes 99.97% of harmful particles,
including dust mites, mold spores, pet
dander, allergens and even anthrax spores.