ATLANTA, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Natural disasters -- including a possible volcano eruption in Alaska -- may necessitate leaving an area, U.S. officials say.
Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta advise that in case of any natural disaster, local authorities will give information on whether and how to take shelter or, if necessary, how to evacuate.
"The best way to protect yourself and your family, is to follow the advice of local officials," health officials said in a statement. "Follow authorities' instructions if they tell you to leave the area."
The CDC experts recommend every household have an evacuation plan. Make sure a vehicle has a full tank of gas as well as some flares, booster cables, maps, tools and a fire extinguisher. If no vehicle is available, make arrangements with friends or family for transportation, or follow authorities' instructions on where to obtain transportation.
Prepare an emergency supply kit to take along that includes:
-- Flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries and sleeping bags.
-- Emergency food and water, including a manual can opener.
-- Essential medicines for at least one week and first aid kit.
-- Protective gear such as sturdy shoes, respiratory protection and goggles for the eyes.