Alor Dive will offer you some
first information of what to do during a volcanic eruption.
You can do many things to protect yourself and your family/friends/colleagues
from the dangers a volcanic eruption can cause. The best way to do protect
yourself and your family/friends/colleagues is to follow the advice of
local officials. Local authorities will provide you with information on
how to prepare for a volcanic eruption, and if necessary, on how to evacuate
(leave the area) or take shelter where you are.
If you are indoors:
Close all windows, doors, and fireplace or woodstove dampers.
Turn off all fans and heating and air conditioning systems.
Bring pets and livestock into closed shelters.
If you are outdoors:
Seek shelter indoors.
If caught in a rockfall, roll into a ball to protect your head.
If near a stream or river, be aware of rising water and possible
mudflows in low-lying areas. Move up-slope as quickly as possible.
Seek care for burns right away. Immediate care can be life saving.
If your eyes, nose, and throat become irritated from volcanic gases
and fumes, move away from the area immediately. Your symptoms should
go away when you are no longer in contact with the gases or fumes.
If the symptoms continue, consult your doctor.
Protecting yourself during ashfall
Stay inside, if possible, with windows and doors closed.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
Use goggles to protect your eyes.
Exposure to ash can harm your health, particularly
the breathing tract!
To protect yourself while you are outdoors or while
you are cleaning up ash that has gotten indoors, use an N-95 disposable
respirator (also known as an air purifying respirator). N-95
respirators can be purchased at businesses such as hardware stores. It
is important to follow directions for proper use of this respirator.
If you dont have an N-95 respirator, you can
protect yourself by using a nuisance dust mask as a last resort, but you
should stay outdoors for only short periods while dust is falling.
Nuisance dust masks can provide comfort and relief from exposure to relatively
non-hazardous contaminants such as pollen, but they do not offer as much
protection as an N-95 respirator.
Keep your car or truck engine switched off.
Avoid driving in heavy ashfall. Driving
will stir up ash that can clog
engines and stall vehicles.
If you do have to drive, keep the car windows
up and do not operate the air conditioning system. Operating
the air conditioning system will bring in outside air and ash.