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Preparing for a Tsunami

By Brody Danielson September 21, 2020

Preparing for a Tsunami

National Preparedness Month 

Different causes of tsunamis - earthquakes, underwater landslides, volcanic eruptions, and asteroids.


What To Do If You Receive A Tsunami Warning:

- Get to higher ground as fast as possible. Go inland.

- Listen for local emergency alerts.

- If you are asked to evacuate, do so IMMEDIATELY.

- If you are on a boat, head out to sea facing the direction of the waves.

- Head inland if you are in the harbor.

- If you are in the water during a tsunami, look for something that will float such as a “raft, tree trunk, door.”


How To Prepare:

- Learn the different signs of a tsunami “such as an earthquake, a loud roar from the ocean, or usual ocean behavior, such as a sudden rise or wall of water or sudden draining of water showing the ocean floor.”

- Know your evacuation routes, practice it with your family whether it is from home, work, daycare, or any place you visit frequently. Have a meeting place in case you get separated. Have a family emergency contact that is out of state.

- Find a shelter that is “100 feet or more above sea level, or at least one mile inland.”

- Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings in your community. You can receive emergency alerts from The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

- Look into getting earthquake and flood insurance.


Helpful Resources:

- Find more information here -

- FEMA Tsunami information sheet -…/2020-…/tsunami-information-sheet.pdf

“Tsunamis .” Ready.Gov, 9 Sept. 2020, 

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