DORRIS - What to do in case of Volcano eruption?

What to do in case of Volcano eruption?

A volcano is an opening in the Earth’s crust that allows molten rock, gases, and debris to escape to the surface. A volcanic eruption may involve lava and other debris that can flow up to 160 km/h, destroying everything in their path. Volcanic ash can travel 100s of kilometers and cause severe health problems. A volcanic eruption can:

  • Contaminate water supplies.
  • Damage machinery.
  • Reduce visibility through smog and harmful gases that may threaten low-lying areas.
  • Make it hard to breathe and irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.


  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Follow evacuation or shelter orders. If advised to evacuate, then do so early.
  • Avoid areas downstream of the eruption.
  • Protect yourself from falling ash.
  • Do not drive in heavy ash fall.

  • Prepare NOW for Volcano eruption

  • Know your area’s risk from volcanic eruption.
  • Use DORRIS Mobile App for evacuation and shelter plans, and for potential means of protection from ash.
  • Download DORRIS Mobile App to get warned on possible volcano eruption danger.
  • Get necessary supplies in advance in case you have to evacuate immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication.
  • Consult your doctor if you have existing respiratory difficulties.
  • Practice a communication and evacuation plan with everyone in your family.
  • Have a shelter-in-place plan if your biggest risk is from ash.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place. Create password-protected digital copies.

  • Survive DURING Volcano eruption

  • Listen to alerts. DORRIS provides up-to-date information about eruptions.
  • Follow evacuation orders from local authorities. Evacuate early.
  • Avoid areas downwind, and river valleys downstream, of the volcano. Rubble and ash will be carried by wind and gravity.
  • Take temporary shelter from volcanic ash where you are if you have enough supplies. Cover ventilation openings and seal doors and windows.
  • If outside, protect yourself from falling ash that can irritate skin and injure breathing passages, eyes, and open wounds. Use a well-fitting, certified facemask.
  • Avoid driving in heavy ash fall.

  • Be Safe AFTER Volcano eruption

    Send text messages or use social media to reach out to family and friends. Phone systems are often busy after a disaster. Only make emergency calls.

  • Avoid driving in heavy ash. Driving will stir up volcanic ash that can clog engines and stall vehicles.
  • If you have any breathing problems, avoid contact with ash. Stay indoors until authorities say it is safe to go outside.
  • Do not get on your roof to remove ash unless you have guidance or training. If you have to remove ash, then be very careful as ash makes surfaces slippery. Be careful not to contribute additional weight to an overloaded roof.

  • Emergency Kit

    What you should do to prepare for Tornado:

  • Ensure you have DORRIS Mobile App on your phone
  • Prepare enough food and water for at least three days
  • All current prescription medications
  • Prepare portable radio and spare batteries
  • Working flashlight with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Respiratory (breathing) protection
  • Eye protection (goggles)
  • Non-electric can opener or a utility knife
  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records, family records (birth, marriage, death certificates), important telephone numbers
  • Local maps - paper version (Print one here!!!)
  • First Aid Kit

  • Make Emergency Plan

    1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? (DORRIS Mobile App give you emergency alert as standard service)
    2. What is my evacuation route? (DORRIS Mobile App recommend you evacuation routes as standard service)
    3. What is my closest shelter? (DORRIS Mobile App give you list of shelters in your area as standard service)
    4. What is my family/household communication plan in case we separate?

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