Volcanoes Aren’t Just for Middle School Science Fairs


5 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR A VOLCANO 

Can we ASH you a question?

Did you know that the United States is one of Earth’s most volcanically active countries?

Yep! It actually ranks third, behind Indonesia and Japan.

In fact, most recently, on December 20, 2020, Hawaii residents received an unexpected end of year surprise: a series of weak earthquakes followed by an ongoing volcanic eruption. While the explosion did not pose an immediate threat to the surrounding community, residents were asked to shelter in place and stay home due to the high levels of volcanic gas, rockfalls, explosions, and volcanic glass particles.

But it’s not just Hawaii. The United States Geological Survey reports 169 potentially active volcanoes in the country across 11 other states including Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming.

Now for the good news . . .

While we can’t prevent volcanoes from happening in the first place, we can control the scale and severity of their impact through greater monitoring and preparedness.

That’s where we come in. If you haven’t already, make sure to download the harbor app just in case your nearby mountain gets hotter than toast. In the meantime, here are:

             5 things you can do to prepare for a volcano 

1. Know your risk - Are you in the zone?

Knowing if your home is in a volcano hazard zone is the most important step you can take. Hop on the USGS volcano map to check if you’re at risk. Or, even better, you can just add your address to the harbor app and we’ll let you know that way too!

2. Stay alert - Tune into science.

In March 2019, Congress passed the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (PL 116-9/S.47) authorizing the USGS to establish a National Volcano Early Warning System, allowing them to detect volcanic unrest at the earliest possible stage.

Show some love to your favorite scientists who helped make this happen by signing up for the free service called the Volcano Notification Service (VNS) that sends notifications about volcanic activity in your area.

Many volcanic eruptions are also accompanied by other natural hazards, such as earthquakes, landslides, debris flows, flash floods, fires, and tsunamis. So, having an NOAA certified radio will also come in super handy.

Here are the NOAA radios we LAVA the most!

Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500
Voyager Classic KA500

Voyager Classic KA500

$49.99

Specifically designed for emergency situations, the KA500 offers different methods to power itself including AC/DC adapter (not included), three AA batteries (not included), the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery, and the dynamo hand crank. Includes an internal generator that recharges the internal replaceable Ni-MH battery pack and powers the radio, flashlight and reading lamp. This radio also features a USB port, which you can use either to charge your radio with a PC or charge other electronic gadgets with the hand crank. 

Standard accessories include earphones, user manual and bonus multiple adapter tips for charging select models of Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and LG phones.

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ETON Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger
ETON Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger

ETON Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger

$24.99

This rechargeable hand crank powered AM, FM and weather band digital radio features an LED flashlight and glow-in-the-dark locator to easily find it at night or during a power outage. 

Features:

  • This radio features a super bright 3-LED flashlight.
  • Use the included mini-USB cable to recharge with any standard USB port.
  • A headphone output is included for individual listening.
  • From weather alert radios & backup battery packs to solar-powered sound systems, we'll keep you connected & in the know at home, in the office, on the road or in the great outdoors.
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Voyager Pro KA600
Voyager Pro KA600
Voyager Pro KA600
Voyager Pro KA600
Voyager Pro KA600
Voyager Pro KA600
Voyager Pro KA600
Voyager Pro KA600
Voyager Pro KA600

Voyager Pro KA600

$79.95

The KA600 Voyager Pro is designed for both everyday use & emergency preparedness applications. It offers different methods to power up including optional AC/DC adapter, three AA batteries (not included), the built-in rechargeable Ni-MH battery that can be charged by the AC adapter, hand cranking or a computer, and the patented flip-up 180-degree adjustable solar panel provides power for the radio even when no battery is installed. With its revolutionary design and versatile functions, it’s not only an ideal choice of a bedside radio but also an indispensable tool for emergency preparedness purposes, traveling, camping, backpacking and other outdoor activities.


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3. Assemble a Go Bag - Be ready to Go for every Volcano.

Sometimes, sheltering in place may not be the safest option. In 2018, more than 2,500 Hawaiian residents in the hardest hit community by the Kilauea Volcano were forced to evacuate from their homes with only a 24 hour notice. That’s why it is important to consider and plan for the possibility of a mandated evacuation.

You can assemble your own Go Bag using our customized list in our app or you can buy a preassembled one. Here some great options:

Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)
Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)

Complete Emergency Kit (for 1)

$114.99

Redfora’s Complete Emergency Kit - three days of the essential supplies you’ll need to stay safe, warm, and fed in an emergency. Highlighted by Forbes, the BBC, and Business Insider, it’s expert-designed, trusted by hundreds of thousands of people, and it’s the backup plan your family deserves. 

Your kit comes standard with the Redfora Refresh system: register for automatic reminders before any item in your bag expires, and an easy way to replace and refresh your emergency plan.

Each kit comes with a contents list, suggestions for personal additions you’ll want to consider, tips on where to keep it, and a printed guide to ‘Creating Your Emergency Plan’ with a helpful worksheet and contact cards.

*In rare occasions, a specific item may be swapped with a similar or higher quality version of the same item*

CONTENTS
  • FOOD + WATER: 3600 cal Food Bar, Water Pouch (12), Hydration Bag w/Straw, Water Purification Tablet (10
  • FIRST AID + HYGIENE: First-Aid Kit, Hygiene Kit, Pocket Tissue Pack, Waste Bag
  • TOOLS: Pencil, Note Pad, 5-in-1 Whistle, 50 ft. Nylon Rope, Multi-Function Tool, Safety Goggles, Sewing Kit, Work Gloves, Disposable 3-ply masks (3)
  • LIGHT + COMMUNICATION: 30+ hour Candle, 12 hour Bright Stick, Hand Crank Flashlight / Radio / Phone Charger
  • SHELTER + WARMTH: Waterproof Matches, Emergency Poncho, Mylar Sleeping Bag, Tube Tent, Hand / Body Warmer

SPECS

  • WEIGHT: 10.5 lbs (3 days)
  • DIMENSIONS: 14x5x20.5
  • FOOD/WATER SHELF LIFE: 5-yr shelf life (typically delivered within 3-6 months of packaging
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Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2
Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2

Uncharted Go Bag: The Seventy2

$349.99

Introducing The SEVENTY2 Survival System. Designed by experts, loved by critics. Just ask TIME, Outside Magazine, Huffington Post, Field and Stream, and dozens of other critics who have praised the Seventy2 for its design, quality and ease of use in survival situations.

95% of all survival situations are resolved within 72 hours, but the first 72 hours are extremely critical. Having the right gear can mean the difference between life and death. With that in mind, we worked closely with first responders, doctors, special forces operators, mountain guides and other experts to develop the world's best seventy two hour survival kit, a product that changes a potentially deadly situation in to a minor inconvenience.

Key Features: 

  • The SEVENTY2™ Survival System’s outer shell is made of lightweight, waterproof and extremely durable tarpaulin. This material is so air-tight, the bag can be used as a floatation device. Gray in color, you will blend into a crowd in an emergency situation, avoiding marking yourself as an inadvertent target.
  • The system includes a military-grade canvas insert featuring screen-printed graphics and instruction, a hard exoskeleton and over 30 high quality tools.
  • The SEVENTY2™ Survival System's insert features additional backpack straps, doubling your carrying capacity by freeing up the waterproof shell in times of need. PVC inserts provide protection to your internal components while when removed can be used as snowshoes, or shaped into a cylinder and used as a sling.

Backpack includes:

  • RZ M5 air filtration mask (filters 99.9% of all particulate matter), Nalgene water bottle, Datrex food (high-caloric food supplements with a five-year shelf life), Mylar thermal space blanket, 20-piece first-aid kit, Convertible shovel/pickaxe, Shovel carrying case, Goggles, Flashlight CREE Q5 LED (300 lumens), Collapsible water pouch, Survival knife and sheath (paracord wrapped), Magnesium alloy fire starter, Heat packs (providing up to 10 hours of warmth), 100 feet of paracord with a 7 strand core, Waterproof match case, Sunscreen, Duct tape, Water syringe (good for cleaning the Sawyer water filter and flushing out wounds), Chem lights (crack and light), Radio/flashlight/phone charger (charged with DC power or by hand crank), Gloves with leather fingers and palms, Beanie, Squeeze water filtration bag (works with Sawyer), Sawyer MINI water filter, Mylar Thermal Survival Tent (provides shelter from the elements for two adults)
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The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro
The SEVENTY2 Pro

The SEVENTY2 Pro

$499.99

We took the world’s best Survival System and made it even better. Due to overwhelming demand by government, experts and professional groups, we went back to the drawing board and rebuilt the Seventy2 from the ground up for professional daily use.  While the backpack looks similar to the original, durability, fit and organization has been improved. Internal tools have been beefed up and refined, and new colorways make the Seventy2 stand out. Or blend in.

The backpack includes: the Pro Shell and Pro Insert, Survival Tent, Empire Knife, P1 Flashlight, Water Bottle, Syringe, Wet Wipes, Beanie x2, Air Mask x2, Sunscreen, Ferrell Rod, Food x2, Shovel/Hammer, Multitool, Crank Radio/Flashlight/Charger, Survival Blanket x2, Hot Hands, Gloves, Sawyer Water Filter, Duct Tape, Stormproof Matches, Paracord, Glow Sticks, First-Aid Kit, Upgraded Goggles x2


Designed for multiple person situations, this survival systems comes with the following features: 

  • Professional grade tools for repeated use in harsh environments
  • Improved shoulder and hip straps
  • Additional external waterproof pocket
  • Improved external strap system with swappable attachment options
  • New base straps for low carry, centered loads
  • New colorways
  • 100% Water-proof welded construction. 600D dual-coated tarpaulin.  Reflective logos. stretch, waterproof outer and hip pockets.
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4. Protect your lungs - Don’t be an ASH.




While ash mostly stays near the volcano during an eruption, a significant amount can travel thousands of miles and make landfall in your town and then right into your lungs. This can cause breathing problems, dry coughing, irritation of the throat, chest, and lungs, and in the worst scenario, suffocation.

Although cloth masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, they shouldn’t be your go-to option for ash protection. It’s much better to wear a well-fitted industry-certified facemask such as an N95 mask anytime you are outdoors.


Uncharted N95 Masks (Box of 20)
Uncharted N95 Masks (Box of 20)
Uncharted N95 Masks (Box of 20)

Uncharted N95 Masks (Box of 20)

$160.00
It’s become increasingly difficult to source quality air masks. The team at Uncharted has worked around the clock to source and procure masks WITH trusted certifications. We’re extremely proud to offer nearly 10,000 N95 and 15,000 KN95 air masks to our Uncharted Family. Masks and shipping costs have continued to increase almost daily, and the current price reflects the price we paid for each order.

N95 
In order to limit handling of masks, we are shipping our masks in the boxes we received from the manufacturers. 

iClean N95 Particulate Respirator: Box of 50. FDA certified. See certification below.  
NIOSH N95 Particulate Respirator: Box of 20. NIOSH approved.


KN95

The FDA recently approved use of KN95 air masks. It’s a less known fact that there are varying levels of KN95. The masks we have secured are 5-layer and the highest grade KN95 available. 

Dr. Mfyan kN95 Particulate Respirator: Pack of 1. FDA registered, CE certified. 
Daylead kN95 Particulate Respirator: Pack of 5. FDA certified.
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5. Protect your eyes - Goggle up!

Last but not least, volcanic ash particles are actually pretty big. Pieces of grit can cause significant eye irritation including painful scratches in the front of the eye (corneal abrasions) and conjunctivitis.

That’s why we recommend wearing goggles if you have to be outside. If you are a contact lens wearer, opt for eye glasses instead during a volcano.





Safety Goggles
Safety Goggles

Safety Goggles

$20.00

In certain emergencies, it is imperative to shield your eyes from impact hazards. These safety goggles protect you from flying fragments, particulates and even heat and chemicals. They are designed to fit the face immediately surrounding the eyes. These safety goggles are a simple but critical addition to any go bag or at home safety supplies, and can also be used during cleanup.

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Thankfully, volcanic eruptions are relatively rare. Even so, we're equipping you to care and get ready for anything. For more tips, tricks, product recommendations, digital document storage, comprehensive supplies checklists, and a personalized household safety plan, check out the harbor app.

no matter what, don’t worry, be ready.