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Be Prepared BEFORE a Tsunami strikes:


  • Know the tsunamii history and flooding elevation of you area
  • Learn the location of nearest shelter/safe area
  • Learn the safe route to shelter
  • Have on hand emergency supplies for at least 3 days
  • Keep your emergency supplies in a backpack near your door
  • Know how to turn off your utility mains
  • Get basic first aid instruction
  • Have family discussion about tsunamis and evacuation plans


When a tsunami WATCH is issued for your area:


  • This means a dangerous tsunami has not yet been verified. If one exists, it may only be one hour away
  • Frequently monitor radio, Coast Guard emergency frequencies, NOAA Weather Radio, or other reliable source
  • If you live in a low lying area carefully check your emergency supply kit. Especially remember any special medicine, infant needs, warm clothing, water and cash.
  • Locate family members and review evacuation plans
  • If you have special evacuation needs (handicapped, elderly, small children), consider early evacuation.
  • Only consider taking your boat to deep water if time, weather, and its seaworthiness permit
  • Secure important loose objects around your home/business, if time permits
  • Make ready to evacuate


When a tsunami WARNING is issued for your area:


  • This means a dangerous tsunami may have been generated and could be very close. Estimated times of wave arrival will be given.
  • If on the beach near the shoreline: If you feel a very strong earthquake, evacuate to higher ground immediately. DO NOT wait for a formal warning.
  • If a tsunami is verified, the warning is extended to all Pacfic coastlines: Closely monitor radio, Coast Guard emergency frequencies, NOAA Weather Radio, or other reliable source.
  • Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered to do so. Remember your emergency kit.
  • Never go down to the beach to watch for a tsunami
  • Turn off your electric and gas service at the main, only if time permits. Do not use the telephone except in a genuine ermergency
  • Once in a safe area, do not return to the hazard zone until a competent local official has issued an ALL CLEAR condition
  • All tsunamis, like hurricanes, are potentially dangerous even though they many not damage every coastline they strike





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