You can do many things to protect yourself and your family from the dangers a volcanic eruption can cause. Volcanoes can produce ash, toxic gases, flashfloods of hot water and debris called lahars, lava flows, and fast-moving flows of hot gases and debris called pyroclastic flows.
In the links below, you will find general precautions and preparations for each of these threats. Some of these threats can be predicted ahead of time and others may occur with little or no notice after an eruption occurs. Each volcano and situation is unique. Pay attention to warnings from local authorities for the best advice available on actions you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.