The Cascade Mountain Range has many volcanoes in varying degrees of activity from recently active Mount St. Helens to long dormant Mt. Jefferson.
Listed below are some steps you can take during and after an eruption to help ensure the safety of yourself, your family and your property.
During an Eruption
After an Eruption
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Almost all avalanches occur on steep slopes between 35 and 45 degrees and in open areas, which are prime spots for skiers and snowmobilers. Avalanches occur because new or windblown snow overloads a weak layer or because of rapid warming. Minimize the risk of being caught in an avalanche by carefully crossing suspect areas one person at a time, staying as far to the sides of a potential avalanche chute as possible. Remain aware of changing weather or temperature conditions. If caught in an avalanche, quickly remove as much gear as possible to make you lighter, use “swimming motions” and thrust upward to stay near the surface. If you are buried, try to make an air pocket in front of your face and keep your breathing steady.
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