Volcanoes and California

The recent volcanic activity in Hawaii should alert Californians to be prepared for disasters.  Although most Californians are not aware, there are seven active volcanoes that pose a threat to California.   The probability of an eruption is unknown, but the likelihood of a major earthquake is always a threat.

The seven active volcanoes in California consist of two threat levels:  “Very High” and  “High”.  Three volcanoes in Northern California are in the “Very High” range, and four are in the “High” range; two in Northern California, one in Central California and one in Southern California by the Salton Sea.

Volcanic eruptions will occur in California in the future, and the one thing these eruptions have in common with earthquakes are short warning times.  We need to always be prepared, and have the following items stored in a disaster preparedness kit:

  1. Water: One gallon per person per day
  2. Food, for at least 3 days
  3. Radio
  4. Flashlights
  5. First aid kit
  6. Extra batteries
  7. Whistle
  8. Dust mask
  9. Wipes or toilettes
  10. Wrench or pliers
  11. Can opener
  12. Cell phone

In the event of a disaster or emergency, it is your responsibility as a homeowner and mobile home park resident to be prepared  to take care of yourself and your family.   If you or someone in your family requires electricity for life support equipment, be sure you have a back up generator available as well.

Sources:  www.OCRegister.com        www.sandiegouniontribune.com