Today’s tsunami alert in California due to this morning’s 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Alaska has been cancelled. Regardless of the alert being cancelled, this is a good reminder to read up on actions to take in case of another tsunami alert. Would you know what to do if you receive a tsunami alert message?
A tsunamis is also known as seismic sea waves and are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption or meteorite. Areas at a greater risk are those less than 25 feet above sea level and within a mile of the shoreline. The following information retrieved from Ready.gov will help you know what actions to take when you receive a tsunami alert from the National Weather Service for your local area.
What To Do Before a Tsunami
- Start by preparing an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. Make sure that everyone in your household knows what to do if a tsunami occurs. Practice your plan that it can help reduce confusion during an actual emergency. That also means knowing your community’s evacuation routes.
- Communicate with your children’s school to find out if their evacuation plan requires you to pick up your children from the school or a different location.
- If you are vacationing, familiarize yourself with local tsunami evacuation protocols.
- If you are in a coastal area and an earthquake occurs, turn on your radio to learn if there is a tsunami warning.
What To Do During a Tsunami
- Evacuate immediately, follow the evacuation orders given by authorities and take your animals with you.
- Move away from water immediately and move to high ground or inland.
- Don’t go down to the beach to watch a tsunami come in. You need to stay away from the beach. You are too close to escape a tsunami if you can see the waves.
- Lend a hand to your neighbors who require special assistance, infants and elderly people.
What To Do After a Tsunami
- Wait until officials say it is safe to return home.
- If you have been told to evacuate or you feel it is unsafe to remain in your home, go to a designated public shelter. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area. (example: SHELTER 92840).
- Use cation when re-entering buildings and homes that tsunami damage can be in the place where you least expect it. If a building has water around it, stay away.
- Avoid disaster areas that your presence can interfere with emergency response operations.
For more information about how to prepare and what to do in case of a tsunami visit Ready.gov.
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