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Disaster Preparedness Checklist

What to Do When a Volcanic Eruption Occurs

  • Listen to the radio.

  • Wear a face mask (preferably N95) and goggles when available.

  • Turn off the air conditioning unit and/or heater.

  • Close all windows, doors, and dampers.

  • If there is time before evacuation, disconnect appliances and turn off the gas, electricity, and water.

  • Evacuate when told to do so by your evacuation officer/warden or local, regional, or national authorities.

  • Bring your disaster preparedness kit with you as you evacuate.

  • When evacuating, avoid low-lying areas, areas downwind of the volcano, and river valleys downstream of the volcano.

  • Stay out of designated restricted zones.

  • Look upstream before crossing a bridge and do not cross the bridge if a mudflow is approaching.

How to Prepare for a Volcanic Eruption

  • Learn about community warning systems such as the Volcano Notification Service (VNS).

  • Develop an emergency evacuation plan.

  • If unable or not recommended to evacuate (for example, if the area's highest risk is ashfall), develop a shelter-in-place plan.

  • Plan for indirect effects of volcanic eruptions such as lahars, earthquakes, water contamination, wildfires, and power outages.

Volcano Preparedness Kit

  • Water: If kit is for one person - 1L/1000ml water bottles x 2 minimum If kit is for more than one person - 5 gallons of water minimum

  • Non-perishable food and snacks (good for at least 3 days) Examples: canned or dehydrated food, dried cereals and fruits, nuts, crackers, jerky

  • Can opener if non-perishable food includes canned goods

  • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries

  • Flashlight/s and extra batteries

  • Whistle/s

  • N-95 mask/s or face mask/s (preferably NOT cloth mask)

  • Goggles (1 pair per person)

  • Antibacterial wipes

  • First aid kit

  • Toiletries, personal hygiene and sanitation items

  • Laminated and updated map of the area

  • Common and personal medications

  • Identification card/s (who to contact, blood type, etc.)

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