When we talk about volcano preparedness, we are referring to the procedures necessary to protect you, your family and your property from a volcanic eruption, which could occur anytime. There are several steps that should be considered by any homeowner or business owner for this type of disaster.
For your home and business it is best to have an early warning system, especially if you live in an area where there is a history of volcanic activity. This system would alert you when there is an impending eruption or some other type of unusual activity. The reason is because no one wants to become a victim of an explosion. A hazard is generally defined as an activity that poses a threat to your safety.
This threat could come from a forest fire, or from a cataclysmic earthquake, or from seismic activity that occurs along the coast. You can also consider other factors such as fires burning in brush that has already grown over into your landscape or in areas of forest that has been destroyed, which will become wet after the vegetation burns down. After a volcanic eruption is a dangerous time to be around. Some people may try to flee, but many others remain to fight for their lives.
If you are able to find out about volcanic activity in your area, it is highly recommended that you take all the precautions possible. Fire departments and police agencies may be able to advise you on where you should be located during an eruption.
The next important consideration is communication. Many businesses rely on phone lines that are not permanently attached to the wall. When it comes to a fire in a chimney, the only line of communication may be your security company. If you have a well trained and skilled security firm on hand that can contact you in an emergency, they can help you get out of harm’s way.
Volcano preparedness does not have to be costly.A basic plan for protecting your property and your family involves the use of smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. These devices can help you identify potential dangers that may be near your residence. You should also equip your home with carbon monoxide detectors so that if a smoke detector or fireplace detector goes off you can get away from the flames.
Most people do not think about gas detectors. They tend to focus on having a watertight door, which is the most important factor when it comes to volcano preparedness. Once the ash begins to settle and the toxic gases begin to permeate the air, you may feel the need to get out of the house. If your security company contacts you find yourself needing to evacuate, the smoke detectors will detect any gas leaks and the carbon monoxide detectors will alert you if someone has died from a lack of oxygen.
It is never too late to get into volcano preparedness. You could be the difference between life and death. No matter how much you care for your family, be it family, pets, friends or yourself, it is always better to be prepared.