Pamphlets for the public and emergency managers

1) Volcanic health hazards of ash explained

2) How to prepare and cope with ashfall.


Two sets of pamphlets have been published by IVHHN in association with USGS, IAVCEI's Cities and Volcanoes Commission and GNS, New Zealand.

The first pamphlet is a guide for the public on the health hazards of volcanic ash. The second is for the public and emergency managers on guidelines for preparedness before, during and after an ashfall.

The pamphlets are available for mass distribution at the onset of new eruptions. English versions have been distributed to all volcano observatories and are being translated into several languages.  The pamphlets are currently available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Swahili, Icelandic and Bahasa Indonesia. An Italian version will be available here shortly. If you would like to have the pamphlets in your language, please Contact Us.

There is also a poster which combines both pamphlets which has been specifically written for children and young people.

To view the pamphlets as PDFs, click on the low resolution flags below.


Ready-printed versions are no longer available. IVHHN is happy for the pamphlets to be reprinted locally.

Click on one of the high resolution flags, below, to download the pamphlet you require in the language that best suits you.  We recommend the high resolution format for mass printing for distribution to local populations - the format is different from the low resolution format to allow for direct compilation into pamphlet form. Only the low resolution version is currently available for Japanese and Icelandic translations.

If you download the pamphlets, we would appreciate it if you could Contact Us to let us know that you have downloaded them  so that we can keep track of their use.




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Children's Poster  

The children's poster has been

removed for revision








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Download our pamphlets on preparing for ashfall and on the health hazards of ash. They are designed for mass distribution at the onset of new eruptions. They are now avaiable in English, Japanese, French Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Indonesian and Icelandic with Italian versions being available shortly. Please see our Pamphlets page for further infomation.





IVHHN has an article under the Guidelines tab which used to be called 'Recommended Face Masks'. This has now been updated to 'Information on face masks' and is an interim page whilst the Health Interventions in Volcanic Eruptions project investigates which types of respiratory protection are effective in protecting the general population from volcanic ash inhalation. Please note that the translations in Spanish, Japanese and Portuguese have not yet been updated.



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