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Mount St. Helens with a swarm of news trucks during the October, 20...
Mount St. Helens with a swarm of news trucks during the October, 2004 increase in activity.

Media Operations During Volcanic Unrest and Eruptions:

The USGS Volcano Notification Service (VNS)uses an automated system for distribution of Volcano Updates and Information Statements to registered users. Initially, USGS-CVO will provide interviews and news briefings from its facility. As media interest intensifies, USGS-CVO will join regional emergency management partners to open a Joint Information Center (JIC) based at a safe and convenient location near the volcano. The JIC will remain open as long as the need exists. Throughout the event, USGS-CVO and its partners will strive to provide video, graphics and images, and the best possible assessments of volcanic activity.

Media Resources

Media Trainings

USGS CVO offers trainings for the media occasionally at local volcanoes, at its facility in Vancouver, WA, and elsewhere upon request. Contact Liz Westby for more information (360) 993-8979.

Information for Documentary Filmmakers

Steps for requesting interviews with CVO staff:

Begin your request by completing the Interview request form (Steps for Engaging USGS-CVO Staff in TV Documentary Production). Email it to Liz Westby. USGS-CVO may be able to provide in-office interviews and occasional interviews on volcanic terrain, give recommendations on shooting locations, or aid with development of storylines, principal messages, and information about Cascade volcanoes. B-roll can be requested from the B-roll Archivist, Don Becker, (303) 202-4770. USGS-CVO staff is not permitted to fly with media in any aircraft. Staff visits with media to the crater of Mount St. Helens are generally unavailable.