Volcanoes can eject ash thousands of feet into the air, blackening the sky, wiping out power and communications, causing respiratory problems, and damaging property for hundreds of miles around. As an efficient, local source for a vast range of supplies, Fastenal is here to help you minimize costs, injury, and downtime. A single order takes care of everything you'll need, and we can even deliver right to your jobsite -- so you can stay focused on getting prepared.

Contact your local store to learn more about Fastenal's available emergency services.

Planning, Preparing & Responding

Whether you are planning, preparing or responding to a volcano, Fastenal has you covered.

Before a Volcanic Eruption

  • Conduct a vulnerability analysis of equipment and facilities to determine which would be the most affected by ash fall.
  • Develop a priority list of facilities that must be kept operative versus those that can be shut-down.
  • Develop communication plans and procedures for notifying employees.
  • Stockpile spare parts for critical equipment, including air filters and cleaning and disposal equipment.
  • Stock up on emergency basics, including a first aid kit, canned food (w/ opener), several gallons of drinking water per person, filter masks/respirators, protective eyewear, basic clean-up tools, a battery-powered radio, and flashlights with extra batteries.

During a Volcanic Eruption

  • Seal building, machinery, vehicles, and systems as much as possible. Turn off mechanical systems and air conditioners, protect air intakes, and close all doors and windows.
  • Follow the evacuation orders issued by authorities.
  • Minimize exposure to airborne ash by wearing eye protection, using a respirator/filter mask, and avoiding outdoor travel. Provide employees with respirators, eye protection, and helmets, along with basic instruction on the health and safety hazards of falling ash.
  • Stay indoors until the ash has settled unless there is a danger of the roof collapsing.

After a Volcanic Eruption

  • Shut down, close off, or seal equipment/machinery until ash is removed from the area.
  • Moisten the ash with a sprinkler, before attempting to clean. Do NOT soak the ash.
  • Use shovels for removing the bulk of thick deposits of ash, stiff brooms will be required to remove lesser amounts.
  • Use a vacuum to remove as much ash as possible from carpets, furniture, office equipment, and other items.
  • Clean up inside should only be undertaken after the outside areas have been well cleared.

Stay in Business

  • Assemble a Kit
  • Make a Plan
  • Stay Informed

Establish a safe room, escape routes and meeting places. Keep emergency phone numbers on hand and designate someone to communicate with employees, customers and suppliers.

Additional Resources

Sources: US Department of Commerce, FEMA, and the American Red Cross