Seemingly out of nowhere, Taal Volcano erupted for the first time since 1977. Alert level 1 quickly turned to alert level 2 and then 3. As of 1730H (5:30 PM PST), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) raised it to alert level 4 (hazardous eruption imminent).
Obviously, we can only hope and pray for it to stop. No equipment can make a volcanic eruption stop. Fortunately, there are things that we can do to lessen its damage on us and our loved ones.
Stay Updated on the Latest News
The latest news travel fast thanks to the Internet. Also, kudos to the local and national government for their quick action in disseminating information.
The NDRRMC is doing a good job of alerting us with regular news and updates via text message. Make sure to stay updated so you’ll know what is happening.
Needless to say, be vigilant against fake news. You can like PHIVOLCS on Facebook for up-to-date news.
Gather Emergency Supplies
Honestly, every household should have emergency supplies. You should have a go-bag that you can easily bring with you if you need to evacuate. Gather whatever emergency supplies available in your home. Be ready.
If you haven’t done so already, charge all of your electronics.
Stay Away from Taal Volcano
Stay away from the temptation to go near Taal Volcano for a better view. Obviously, the volcano itself is off-limits. There’s also no reason for you to leave your current location to go nearer unless you’re a part of the rescue and evacuation efforts.
Be vigilant if you’re in an area that is downwind from Taal Volcano. The wind will carry smog and ashfall.
If you’re living near Taal Volcano, stay updated on calls to evacuate.
Protect Yourself from Ashfall
While seemingly harmless, ashfall can wreak havoc on your health. Asthmatic individuals should stay indoors. Even healthy individuals should avoid inhaling the ash. Close the doors and windows. Wear a mask. Stay indoors.
We’ve been receiving reports that it’s raining pebble-like volcano rubble. This can cause injuries and damages. The roof over your head is your best protection during this time, unless of course you’re ordered to evacuate.
Again, stay updated on the latest news. Don’t go outside until the authorities tell us that it’s safe to do so.
This is important if you’re evacuating. Ashfall can limit visibility. Smog can worsen the visibility. Ashfall can also make the roads slippery.
We get it. It’s hard to stay calm today. But staying calm can really help you think and plan accordingly especially if you have to evacuate.
Keep in Touch with Loved Ones
They’re probably worried about you. Let them know where you are and how you’re doing. Send a text message or online message. Coordinate with them if needed.
Stay safe, everyone!