The BOP Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups website’s threat status has been updated.
Current Status: Yellow (Potential threat to NZ)
National Advisory – Volcanic Activity
Potential threat to NZ
Summary: Volcanic activity is occurring at Mt Tongariro and could pose a threat to the following areas/regions:
-Bay of Plenty
People living in or near the affected areas should:
Stay indoors: volcanic ash is a health hazard, especially if you suffer from breathing difficulty. If outside, seek shelter (e.g. in a car or building)
When indoors, close all windows and doors to limit the entry of volcanic ash.
If caught in volcanic ash falls: Wear a dust mask or use a handkerchief or cloth over your nose and mouth; protect your eyes by wearing goggles. Wear eyeglasses, NOT contact lenses as fine ash will get under the lens.
Listen to the radio for updated emergency information and instructions. Follow any evacuation orders issued by authorities. Refer to the back page of the Yellow Pages for evacuation advice.
Do not tie up phone lines with non-emergency calls.
Stay out of designated restricted zones. Effects of a volcanic eruption can be experienced many miles from a volcano.
Detailed safety advice will come from local authorities and emergency services in the area. People should act on it promptly.
This National Advisory -Volcanic Activity will remain in effect until a cancellation message is issued by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management