Disaster Preparedness: Volcano Disaster Plan

Volcano Disaster Plan


Dangers of Volcanoes

Volcanic eruptions are some of the most violent natural disasters, spewing hundreds of tons of rock, ash, and lava and contaminating air and water for hundreds or even thousands of square miles. Breathing in volcanic ash can make you seriously ill or even result in death if you inhale too much of it.


Know the Risks in Your Area

The U.S. has 169 active volcanoes.Is your geographic location at risk from a volcanic eruption? Do you live near a hot spot that could blow at any minute? Or maybe you live in a low risk area. Regardless, you need to know whether the area you live in is risk-prone or not.


Volcano Disaster Preparedness

Now that you know if you live in a volcano danger zone, having a disaster preparedness plan is imperative. Consider the following safety tips:

  • Sign up for the Volcano Notification Service (VNS) to get updates about any volcanic activity happening in volcanoes in the US.
  • Have a disaster kit ready to go beforehand so that you can grab it and go in case an emergency evacuation is ordered.
  • If the biggest risk to you and your family is ash, make sure you have a shelter-in-place plan.
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan in case of an eruption. Family planning for a disaster is one of the best things you can do to protect and save lives.
  • Figure out if and what your homeowners insurance policy will cover in the event of a volcanic eruption.


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