Where humans live in close proximity to volcanoes there is a risk of a natural hazard occurring. Lahars look and behave like flowing concrete, and their impact forces destroy most man-made structures. Add a pair of goggles and disposable breathing mask for each member of the family to your disaster supply kit.

If you live near a known volcano, active or dormant, be ready to evacuate at a moment's notice. Follow the evacuation order issued by authorities and evacuate immediately from the volcano area to avoid flying debris, hot gases, lateral blast, and lava flow. The lahar pathways mapped by the USGS guide the hazard-area regulations of the comprehensive land-use plan for local counties.

The latter can rapidly melt snow and ice, and the resulting meltwater could produce lahars that travel down valleys beyond the base of the volcano to areas now densely populated.

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