Today In History: A Big Blast
Before a volcano you should:Learn about your community warning systems and emergency plans.
Be prepared for the hazards that can accompany volcanoes:
* Mudflows and flash floods
* Landslides and rockfalls
* Ashfall and acid rain
Make evacuation plans. If you live in a known volcanic hazard area, plan a route out and have a backup route in mind.
Develop an emergency communication plan. In case family members are separated from one another during a volcanic eruption (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact,” because after a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone knows the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.
Have disaster supplies on hand:
* Flashlight and extra batteries
* First aid kit and manual
* Emergency food and water
* Non-electric can opener
* Essential medicines
* Dust mask
* Sturdy shoes
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I love Portland’s obsession with beer and science…as the same event. I also love the etymology of volcanoes!