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Volcano Preparedness
How to prepare for a volcano

The city of Pompei was here one day and gone the next.
Volanoes should be part of the prepper purview and yet is
probably the natural disaster preppers are least prepared. If you
have kids, there's no better time than now to learn about
volcanoes, so that you can prepare your family.

Kids love learning about volcanoes and building science models.  
A great read for prepper kids is "I Survived the Destruction of
Pompeii, AD 79." Author Lauren Tarshis,  often wonders how she
came to spend most of her waking moments thinking about
disasters, as the author of the children's historical fiction series
"I Survived." Writing these books often makes her feel very
nervous, as though at any moment a volcano could erupt right
outside her window.

Does it make you wonder just a little bit? Is there a volcano in
your midst? Is there anything you can do to prepare for a volcano
eruption (other than to own and operate your own helicopter)?
This article explores volcanic action and preparedness for an

How to Prepare for Volcanic Eruption  

#1. Move away from a volcano (head to Eastern
United States).
Did you know that any volcano which has erupted in the last
10,000 years is considered a potential threat to erupt again?
Head East young prepper! The volcanic action is in the Western
United States, so if you live on the East Coast or Midwest you
can sigh a bit of relief.  You'll find a few volcanoes in Mississippi,
Missouri, New Hampshire, and South Dakota, but most are on the
West coast. Our prepping friends who live in the midst of
volcanoes like Yellowstone,
Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, or the
Kilauea volcano, and others in the list below will have to take a
hard look at their priorities. Even if you don't live near these
hotties, if you live on the West Coast in general, you'll need to
think about your personal proximity.

Volcanic action in the Western United States includes:
  • Alaska (Redoubt Volcano).
  • Alaska (Pavlof). All eyes were on Alaska's volcanic eruption
    Monday, March 28, 2016 when the state's largest volcano,
    Pavlof, erupted and spewed ashes Alaska's 20,000 feet into
    air! Pavlov volcano, 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, is
    the most consistent of volcanoes having sent plumes rising
    27,000 feet in 2013 to as much as 49,000 feet in other
    eruptions. The aviation warning is at red, the highest alert.
  • Arizona (Sunset Crater)
  • California (Mt. Lassen, Mt. Shasta,)
  • Colorado (Dotsero)
  • Hawaii  (Kilauea Volcano, Mauna Loa Volcano)
  • Idaho (Borah Peak)
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon (Crater Lake Volcano, South Sister Volcano, Mt.  
  • Texas
  • Washington State (Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens)
  • Wyoming (the Super Volcano: Yellowstone)

If you're not going to budge from your location and move your
prepper homestead elsewhere, then take heed of these volcano
survival tips.

#2. Get your gear in order.
The best way for how to prepare for a volcano is to be self
sufficient. When you realize that no one will make that heroic lift
from a helicopter, then you will take heed long before the
volcano in your midst erupts. If you live near a volcano get gear
for your family or group. You'll need:

  • Chemical light sticks. Did you know that a glow stick is not
    the same as a chemical light stick? Chemical grade light
    sticks can last 8 hours and be seen a mile away. Best of all,
    they are waterproof, non-flammable, and non-sparking,
    which makes them useful in hazardous situations where
    sparks or flame could cause an explosion. Now you know
    why they are useful in prepping for a volcano!

  • Helmet. A military or a climbing helmet, right is a good
    start, but you can save money and use your a bike helmet or
    even a motorcycle helmet.

  • Goggles. Take out your contacts! You'll burn your cornea.
    Get some goggles to protect your eyes from the ash.

  • Gloves. Get heat-resistant gloves. They are as low as $6.99.

  • Clothing. Cover your body with suitable clothing of natural

  • Maps + compass. Know the volcano evacuation routes and
    have maps, compass, GPS for alternative routes.

  • Radio to listen for advance warnings.

  • Water and anti-diarrheals. Read more about how a volcano
    can cause diarrhea.

#3. Evacuate - don't wait!
Preparing for a volcano isn't going to be easy if you stay. It's
down right dangerous to think you could wait out a volcano! Don't
wait so you have to drive under ashy conditions, which can fall on
all sides.

Ash may fall hundreds of miles downwind. Of course if you've
waited too long, and there's ash, you'll have  to wait it out. Read
on to learn just how to do this.

#4. Know the drill.
If you live near a volcano (or are visiting), and you didn't heed
the warnings from authorities, and you find yourself caught in a
volcanic eruption, then know the drill. The following video gives a
quick overview for how to handle yourself if the unthinkable

Tutorial: How to Survive a Volcano:

Find yourself facing imminent threat from a volcano? Keep
reading the steps on how to survive a volcano...

#5: Dodge the dangers of lava.
Lava is relentless, but you can outrun it by moving out of it's
way, provided you don't hear a rumbling. If it's lava, then:
  • At first impact, curl in a ball and protect your head if you're
    in the open with debris falling.
  • On hilly terrain, keep below the ridge as the ridge can offer
    protection from falling debris.
  • If slow lava flow is coming your way, try to outrun it. Run
    away, but never cross an active lava flow or you could
    become entrapped by multiple lava flows.

#6: Listen for a roar of deadly volcanic mud flows
Use your ears! When you hear the audible rumbling, this is your
queue to get to higher ground (and avoid valleys and ravines).
The rumbling is warning signal of terrifying mud flows.

When melted ice, water or rain mixes with ash and debris it's a
called a lahar, which is a deadly and destructive mud flow on the
slopes of a volcano.
  • If you hear a roaring lahar, don't try to outrun it! (You'll only
    get swallowed up.) Instead, make every effort to get out of
    its path.
  • Lahars can travel 100 miles per hour.
  • Avoid canyons as volcanoes often flow through canyon lands.

Lava isn't as much your enemy as the mud flows. Lava moves
relatively slowly, but the mudflows are quick because of the ice
and water which mixes with the debris.

#7: Avoid the ash.
Once you've dodged the mud, avoid the ash. The  sulphur dioxide
and hydro fluoride in the ash will make it difficult to breathe and
give you extreme diarrhea. Ash particles can be tiny and irritate
your lungs.
  • Don't breath the ash or you'll have symptoms of wheezing,
    shortness of breath and coughs.
  • If you don't have a mask, wet cloth or T-shirt.
  • Don't drive on ash covered road. The ash will infiltrate your
    car's mechanics and you'll be left trapped in the danger zone!
  • Get out your gas masks.

#8: Seek shelter.
Seek shelter to avoid the ash.
  • Close windows and doors and tape them to seal out volcanic
    ash and gases. These are the same materials you have
    handy for pandemic preparedness, including duct tape and
    drop cloths.
  • Seal also ventilation shafts.
  • Place damp cloths (towels or clothes) underneath everything
    you've sealed up.
  • Turn off heating and air conditioning systems.
  • Clear the roof and gutters of roof of ash buildup, so your
    shelter won't collapse.
  • Have a generator handy.
  • Stay tight in the aftermath of the devastation to hydrate
    and prepare for the diarrhea.

Here is another excellent tutorial for how to survive a volcano:
[Enjoy this tutorial while in your pajamas and eating a sandwich.
It's well worth five minutes of your time].

Like Huw James of Head Squeeze says, "The number one weapon
against volcanoes is always going to be knowledge."

Have a blast studying volcanoes! Here are some facts:

  • Volcanoes are in your midst.
  • There are 500 million people living on or near volcanoes.
  • There are potentially 1500 volcanoes active.
  • Around 50 volcanoes erupt world wide every year.
  • Geologists have found more than 5000 underwater volcanoes.

  • Volcanoes effect weather patterns. Blocking the sun, a
    volcano could perhaps trigger the next ice age!

  • Volcanoes can trigger earthquakes. Volcanoes and
    earthquakes work in tandem. Get ready to shake, rattle and
    roll into action. Here's how to prepare for an earthquake.

  • Volcanoes can create tsunamis. Just like earthquakes can
    create avalanches and tsunamis, volcanoes can create
    tsunamis, and a volcano can as well!

  • Volcanic ash can trigger 'no fly' zones.

  • Volcanoes can bring on the ice age! Icelandic volcanoes
    caused devastation across Europe and may have caused an
    ice age for a few thousand years.

Now that you know a little more about volcanoes you can begin
to prepare for them!

  • Prepper Movie #97: Volcano (1997) – Beneath the famed La
    Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano pushes to the surface,
    raining a storm of deadly fire bombs and an endless tide of
    white-hot lava upon the stunned city.

Famous Volcanoes
To fully prepare and survive a volcanic eruption, one must study
the past.

  • Mt. Vesuvius, the almighty volcano in Pompeii, erupted
    viscously at the dawn of August 24, 79 A.D.  The eruption
    was terrible.  Many people and animals lost their lives, even
    the “Great Cone of Vesuvius” blew up into a blunt stump of
    a mountain.  Daylight was banished from Pompeii until two
    days later. However, the daylight brought with it a great
    horror.  The whole city was covered in a massive layer of ash
    and pumice, 3 to 5 meters (about 13 to 20 feet) thick.  
    Pompeii was littered with dozens of naturally mummified
    bodies.  The corpses looked so detailed that even on a dead
    dog still had an agonized shriek frozen on its face!

  • Krakatoa, an island in the Sunda Strait between Java and
    Sumatra, hosted among the most deadly volcanic eruptions
    in history. In August 1883, the eruption of Krakatoa
    devastated two thirds of the island and its surrounding
    archipelago with some 36,000 deaths.

Now you know more about volcanoes. We hope you're never put
to the test on how to survive one, because if you did, you didn't
heed lesson #1, which was to move to the Eastern United
States. You'll be relatively safe from volcanoes there. In Virginia,
you've got Mole Hill and Trimble Knob, but they haven't erupted
in the last 47 million years.

Happy endings...
You can survive a volcano in your pajamas! Go back and watch
the informative and entertaining tutorial above. Prepare to live
happily ever with us, the happiest emergency preparedness
planners on the planet. We're happy and we live near a volcano,
so can you.

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