Find out if your home is
in a danger area.
Know the height of your street above sea level and the distance of your street from the coast. Evacuation
orders may be based on these numbers.
Be familiar with the tsunami
Because an underwater disturbance or an earthquake can cause tsunamis, people living along the coast should
consider an earthquake or a sizable ground rumbling as a warning signal. A noticeable rapid rise or fall in coastal waters
is also a sign that a tsunami is approaching.
Make sure all family members
know how to respond to a tsunami.
Make evacuation plans.
an inland location that is elevated. After an earthquake or other natural disaster, roads in and out of the vicinity
may be blocked, so pick more than one evacuation route.
Teach family members how
and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police
or fire department, and which radio station to listen for official information.
Have disaster supplies on hand.
and extra batteries
battery-operated radio and extra batteries
aid kit and manual
food and water
electric can opener
and credit cards
Develop an emergency communication
plan.Ask an out-of-state relative or friend
to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, often it's easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone knows
the name, address, and phone number of the contact person.
In case family members are separated from one another during a tsunami (a real possibility during the day when adults
are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.