Published 9 April, 2021
Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source
Source: LOOP NEWS
Barbados and St Lucia have been warned of possible ashfall if La Soufriere volcano erupts, especially if it is an explosive eruption.
According to the GNS Science, Te Pū Ao, which is New Zealand’s leading provider of Earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy service, “ashfall is the most likely volcanic hazard”.
Ashfall will happen in Barbados and St Lucia if the wind blows the ash cloud easterly over these territories.
Knowing what to do before you have to do it is very important, so here are some tips:
- Stay indoors
- Close windows and doors. Stop ash entering the building
- Do not run air-conditioning or clothes dryers
- Keep checking the latest news
- If outside seek shelter; use a mask or handkerchief for breathing. Wear protective clothing especially if working in the ashfall, and goggles to protect the eyes.
- If possible do not drive.
- Park your car under-cover or cover it
- If you must drive, drive slowly as ashfall will reduce visibility. You may need to use the car headlights because of the reduced visibility. Do not use the car’s ventilation system.
- Do not speed if you must drive. Ash on the road surface can also reduce traction.
- Do not rush to your child’s nursery or daycare if it is open. Schools are responsible for the safety of the children. Schools will notify you of any emergency procedures which are to be taken.
- Keep pets indoors.
- Check that livestock have enough food and water. May need to shelter livestock if the fall is heavy.