Tsunami Preparedness Plan

A good tsunami preparedness plan is highly recommended if you live in a coastal area, particularly around the Pacific or Indian Oceans. If you travel to those areas, you should also have an awareness of the threat of tsunamis in those regions.

Before the Tsunami

  • The key to tsunami survival is to get to high ground quickly. Know where you will go if there is a threat. Your first option should be to head as far inland as possible. A tsunami will lose energy as it travels inland, particularly if there are forests or buildings in its path. If you are in a coastal city and can't get out quickly, head upwards in tall buildings. This is only a final option as a tsumani can be 10 stories tall and may destroy the first buildings it hits.
  • Have a 72 hour kit assembled and know where it is located. This includes water and food storage. Realistically, if your home is in the path of a tsunami, it may sustain large damage or be destroyed. You will more than likely need to leave quickly.

During the Tsunami
  • As noted above, head for high ground quickly or climb to the top floor of a building.
  • Climb a tree if you have to.
  • Latch on to something that floats.

After the Tsunami

  • Expect several waves beginning with smaller ones.
  • Listen to television or radio reports.
  • Use your 72 hour kit.
  • Expect a lot of debris and a contaminated water supply.

Use common sense. At the first warning of a potential tsunami, get to a safe location. Tsunamis are not forces to be casually observed. They are the fastest moving phenomenon in nature. If you can physically observe a tsunami heading your direction, it is most likely too late for you to evacuate. Even if the tsunami is 3-4 feet in height, it can cause severe damage and fatalities. Remember, a tsunami is not a wave, but more like a sudden "step" up in the height of the ocean for a large period of time. The force from the water of a small tsunami can still kill you.


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