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Binational Exchange works toward improving community preparedness and resiliency.

In 2016, the US—Colombia Binational Exchange will bring together emergency managers, first responders, planners, and other non–scientific personnel from the two countries who have a role in volcano hazards mitigation. Participants will engage in face–to–face forums to share experience and best practices. Building upon the successes and lessons learned during similar exchanges in 2013 and 2015, small groups will participate in targeted sessions throughout the year, which will culminate in an international exchange this Fall.

While visiting partner countries, scientists and public officials will get a firsthand view of the effects of volcanic hazards, observe mitigation and response strategies used by communities facing similar threats, and devote discussions to cooperative planning within their home communities. To date, these exchanges have led to the development of multiple local initiatives such as creating websites devoted to volcano hazard awareness and preparation, installation of interpretive signage, creating maps of evacuation routes, as well as developing cohesiveness among emergency management staff and cooperative organizations. The program was developed by the USGS–USAID Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP) and the USGS Volcano Science Center.



  • Members of the 2013 Colombia-USA Bi-national Exchange visit Orting, WA to discuss lahar hazards.
    Members of the 2013 Colombia-USA Bi-national Exchange visit Orting, WA to discuss lahar hazards.
    Members of the 2013 Colombia-USA Bi-national Exchange visit Orting, WA to discuss lahar hazards.
  • Members of 2013 Colombia-US Bi-national Exchange visit Mount Rainier, Washington, discuss volcano hazards.
    Members of 2013 Colombia-US Bi-national Exchange visit Mount Rainier, Washington, discuss volcano hazards.
    Members of 2013 Colombia-US Bi-national Exchange visit Mount Rainier, Washington, discuss volcano hazards.
  • Members of the Colombia-USA Bi-national Exchange examine historical lahar deposits from Mount Rainier along the White River.
    Members of the Colombia-USA Bi-national Exchange examine historical lahar deposits from Mount Rainier along the White River.
    Members of the 2013 Colombia-USA Bi-national Exchange examine historical lahar deposits from Mount Rainier along the White River.
  • 2015 Chile-US Bi-national Exchange participants work together on volcano hazard risk reduction.
    2015 Chile-US Bi-national Exchange participants work together on volcano hazard risk reduction.
    2015 Chile-US Bi-national Exchange participants work together on volcano hazard risk reduction.
  • 2015 Chile-US Bi-national Exchange participants work together on volcano hazard risk reduction.
    2015 Chile-US Bi-national Exchange participants work together on volcano hazard risk reduction.
    2015 Chile-US Bi-national Exchange participants work together on volcano hazard risk reduction.


Prepare

National Volcano Early Warning System.
NVEWS
The National Volcano Early Warning System plans to closely monitor threatening volcanoes.


Earthquakes leading up to the January 11, 2006 eruption of Augustine volcano, AK.
Monitoring
Current monitoring data from USGS volcano observatories.


Cars covered in volcanic ash, Mount Pinatubo eruption, Philippines.
Volcanic Ash
Ash hazards information and guidance for homes, businesses, and communities.

Look

Lava flows within Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō crater, Kilauea volcano, HI.
Webcams
Frequently updated real-time images of several U.S. volcanoes.


Jake Lowenstern giving lessons about Yellowstone volcano.
Podcasts and Videos
Yellowstone volcano podcasts and videos.


Bishop Tuff outcrop from Long Valley, CA.
Images from Observatories
Archived photographs and images of U.S. volcanoes.

Learn

Mount Rainier as a backdrop behind the city of Tacoma, WA.
U.S. Volcano List
Information, photos and status updates for volcanoes of concern in the U.S.


Arched lava fountain from Kilauea volcano, HI.
Photoglossary
Pictures and definitions of volcanic terms.


Alaska Volcanoes Guidebook for Teachers.
Volcano Education Resources
Grades 6-12 lessons and activities for teachers.