May is Volcano Awareness Month
Did you know that Washington State is home to five major active volcanoes: Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and Mount Adams? Residents living on or near these mountains, or in nearby valleys, can be affected by lahars (or mudflows) if an eruption should occur, as well as ashfall that could impact a much larger area, depending on wind speed and direction. There are specific steps residents and businesses can take to be safe.
Prepare for a volcanic eruption
- Find out if you live or work in a volcano hazard area, and learn about your community warning systems, emergency plans, and evacuation routes.
- If ordered by authorities to evacuate, do so immediately. Identify a place family members will meet or call if separated.
- Be prepared for hazards that can accompany volcanoes, such as mudflows, flash floods, landslides, and ashfall.
- Get goggles and throw-away breathing masks for each member of the household. Add them, along with a flashlight and battery-operated radio, to your emergency disaster kits at home and in vehicles.
- Stay indoors until local health officials advise it is safe to go outside.
Learn more and tell others