What to do when a volcanic eruption threatens

  • Listen to your local radio stations as emergency management officials will be broadcasting the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.
  • Put your emergency plan into action.
  • If you have a disability or need assistance, make contact with your support network and keep informed of civil defence advice.
  • Put all machinery inside a garage or shed, or cover with large tarpaulins to protect them from volcanic ash.
  • Bring animals and livestock into closed shelters to protect them from volcanic ash.
  • Protect sensitive electronics and do not uncover until the environment is totally ash-free.
  • Check on friends and neighbours who may require special assistance.

Links to information about:

Get Ready Get Thru volcano information http://www.getthru.govt.nz/disasters/volcano

Food safety in an emergency http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/elibrary/industry/Food_Safety-Recent_Around.htm

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