What to do during a volcanic eruption

  • Listen to the radio for civil defence advice and follow instructions.
  • If outside at the time of eruption, seek shelter in a car or a building. If caught in volcanic ashfalls, wear a dust mask or use a handkerchief or cloth over your nose and mouth.
  • Stay indoors as volcanic ash is a health hazard, especially if you have respiratory difficulties such as asthma or bronchitis.
  • When indoors, close all windows and doors to limit the entry of volcanic ash. Place damp towels at thresholds.
  • Do not tie up phone lines with non-emergency calls.
  • If you have to go outside use protective gear such as masks and goggles and keep as much of your skin covered as possible. Wear eyeglasses, not contact lenses as these can cause corneal abrasions.
  • Disconnect drainpipes/downspouts from gutters to stop drains clogging. If you use a rainwater collection system for your water supply, disconnect the tank.
  • Stay out of designated restricted zones.

Links to information about:

Get Ready volcanic activity information https://getready.govt.nz/en/emergency/volcanic-activity/

Food safety in an emergency https://www.mpi.govt.nz/funding-rural-support/adverse-events/food-safety-in-natural-disasters-and-emergencies/

State Highway conditions http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/

Volcano monitoring www.geonet.org.nz

Volcanic damage insurance www.eqc.govt.nz

Science of volcanoes www.gns.cri.nz