Te Awamutu Civil Defence Home PageSurviving a Volcano - Being Prepared for an Emergency
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New Zealand has seven active volcanic centres, all in the North Island.

Before an Eruption Occurs:

Discover wether there are volcanic hazards likely to affect you.
If you live in an active volcanic zone, assume that you may have to deal with the effects of an eruption.
If you live in an area that could experience a lava flow during a volcanic eruption, know a quick route to safe ground.

When an Eruption Occurs:

If volcanologists agree that a life-threatening eruption is likely to take place, a Civil Defence Emergency will be declared and the danger area evacuated.
Listen to your radio for information and follow civil defence advice.

During an Eruption:

DO Save water in your bath, basin, containers or cylinders at an early stage-supplies may become polluted.
DO Stay indoors with your pets as much as possible.
DO Wear mask and goggles if you go outside, to keep volcanic ash out of your eyes and lungs.
DO Keep gutters and roof clear of ash-heavy deposits can collapse the roof.
DO Take your outdoor clothing off before entering a building-volcanic ash is difficult to get rid of.
DO Take your Getaway Kit with you if you have to leave. Turn electricity and gas at the mains.
DO Keep below ridge lines in hilly terrain - the hill will offer some protection from flying volcanic debris.

DON'T Go sightseeing!
DON'T Leave home unless advised to by the Civil Defence.