What you can do
Many people live alongside volcanoes. It is possible to take steps to help protect yourself and minimise disruption.
– Learn about the hazards you might face: watch our films and check out the links to educational resources and your local observatories. Ask local authorities about the hazards in your area.
– Follow advice from the authorities: emergency managers, the emergency services, scientists and local authorities will endeavour to provide advice in the event of volcanic activity. This may be to remain at home, evacuate, or avoid certain areas or activities. All advice will be aimed at keeping you and your community safe with the least disruption and fewest losses. If you can, attend community meetings and listen for updates via the radio and television.
– Develop and practice evacuation plans: You may be required to leave your house rapidly, so plan in advance for what you need to take with you, who might need help, whether you need to take or tend to pets and livestock, and what route to take. Understand that it might not always be possible to leave by road, as roads may become blocked or damaged. Ask local and regional emergency services, authorities and schools if there are evacuation plans in place and for advice on planning your own.
– Prepare an emergency kit: You may be advised to shelter at home and may not be able to access shops or services for a time. Prepare a kit containing enough water, food (ready-to-eat) and medical supplies to last several days.
The steps you take now can help you in the event of many different hazards you may be exposed to.