Know what to do in case of an ashfall

Posted on May 11, 2018 in 2018 Kilauea Eruption, Declared Disasters, Information and News Releases, Main

Volcanic activity in Kilauea crater could result in an explosion that sends an ash plume into the atmosphere. If you’re in the area, know what to do in case of an ashfall.

  • Close doors and windows.
  • Place damp towels at door thresholds and other draft sources. Tape draughty windows.
  • Protect sensitive electronics and do not uncover until the environment is totally ash-free.
  • Disconnect drainpipes/downspouts from gutters to stop drains clogging, but allowing ash and water to empty from gutters onto the ground.
  • If you use a rainwater collection system for your water supply, disconnect the tank prior to ash falling.
  • If you have chronic bronchitis, emphysema or asthma, stay inside and avoid unnecessary exposure to the ash.
  • Ensure livestock have clean food and water.
  • If you have children, know your school’s emergency plan and have indoor games and activities ready.

For more information on preparing for an ashfall:

http://www.ivhhn.org/images/pamphlets/Preparedness_Guidelines_English_WEB.pdf