There are many volcanic regions in parts of the world. Those living in these regions are at risk from volcanic ash, debris and lava flows. A major eruption can deposit huge quantities of ash across vast areas creating serious problems for urban and rural communities.
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Before an Eruption Threatens
- If volcanologists agree that a life-threatening eruption is likely to take place, a National Disaster emergency will be declared and the danger area evacuated.
- Listen to your radio for information and follow national disaster advice.
During an Eruption
- Save water in your bath, basin, containers or cylinders at an early stage – supplies may become polluted.
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- Wear mask and goggles if you go outside, to keep volcanic ashes out of your eyes and lungs.
- Keep gutters and roofs of ash – heavy deposits can collapse on the roof.
- Take your outdoor clothing off before entering a building – volcanic ash is difficult to get rid off.
- Take your getaway kit with you if you have to leave. Turn electricity off at the main and the gas cylinder too.
- Keep below ridgelines in hilly terrains – the hill will offer some protection from flying volcanic debris.
- If advised by the national disaster management office, leave your home immediately.