Volcanoes blast hot, solid
and molten rock and gases into the air. As a result, ash can fall hundreds of
miles downwind of a volcano. If you live near a volcano, active or dormant, be
prepared to follow instructions from your local emergency officials by
listening to the radio and television. Volcanoes occur on the West Coast, in
Alaska and in Hawaii.
PLAN FOR A
- Have a disaster
- Know whether or not you
are at risk for danger.
- Be prepared for mudslides,
flash floods, earthquakes, ash falling, acid rain and tsunamis.
- Prepare a disaster
supplies kit for your home and car. Include a first aid kit, canned food and a
can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective
clothing, dust mask, goggles and sturdy shoes.
- Know evacuation
DURING A VOLCANO:
- Follow the evacuation
order issued by authorities.
- Avoid areas downwind and
river valleys downstream of the volcano.
- If your caught indoors,
close all windows and doors, put machinery inside a barn, and bring animals
- If youre trapped
outdoors, seek shelter indoors. If youre caught in falling rocks, roll
into a ball and protect your head. If youre caught near a stream, be
aware of mudflows. Move to higher ground.
- Protect yourself when ash
falls. Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Use goggles to protect your
eyes. Wear a dust mask and keep car engines off.
AFTER A VOLCANO:
- Cover you mouth and nose.
Volcanic ash can irritate your respiratory system.
- Wear goggles and protect
- Keep your skin covered.
- Clear roofs of ash. The
ash is very heavy and can cause the building to collapse.