How to Frugally
Prepare for a Volcanic Eruption
As we all learned in 1980, volcanic eruption is a natural
disaster that can affect people on the west coast of the United States.
The eruption of Mt. St. Helens caught us all off guard.
Volcanoes are dangerous. It is the pyroclastic flow that
causes death and destruction of property. Also, the ash that the volcano
spews into the air can travel for hundreds of miles.
After the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the town of Moses Lake, WA,
and other eastern WA State towns, the
sky turned dark in the middle of the day, and several inches of ash eventually
settled over the towns. For those unfortunate enough
to be near the explosion of the mountain, the ash asphyxiated them.
For most of us in volcano country, our biggest concern is being
on high ground should one of the volcanoes here erupt with the ensuing
pyroclastic flow. Science has developed to the point that we are
warned about eminent volcanic eruption.
We are far enough from the mountain in case it erupts from the
side, and are on high ground, we should be fine. For those living in
shadow of the mountain, they need to be prepared to leave their homes when
warnings are issued by civic authorities.
HERE ARE LINKS TO INFORMATION ON THE OTHER BASICS THAT YOU WILL NEED TOBUT
CAN REMAIN AT HOME
- The water could become contaminated.
Food- In case roads are impassable.
Hygiene- Same as above.
Warmth- In case the power goes out.
- Same as above
The ground lines may go down or the cell phone towers may be disrupted.
3 Day Emergency
Kits - If you are living in the shadow of the volcano, you will need
your 3 Day emergency kit to take with you when you evacuate your home.
Homeowner insurance policies on what may or may not
be covered by a volcano. Check your policy or ask your insurance agent.