Before and During a Tsunami
- Know your local community's suggested evacuation routes to safe areas, where shelter can be provided while you await the "all clear".
- Be prepared to survive on your own for at least three days. To do this, you should prepare an emergency kit  for your home and car, along with a portable one.
- Consider taking a first aid course and learn survival skills.
- Tune to a radio station that serves your area and listen for instructions from emergency officials. Follow these instructions and wait for the "all clear" before returning to the coast.
- Stay away from the beach – do not go down to watch a tsunami come.
- Move inland to higher ground immediately and stay there.
- If there is a noticeable recession in the water away from the shoreline, this is considered “nature’s tsunami warning” and you should move away immediately.
After a Tsunami
- Stay away from flooded and damaged areas until officials say it is safe to go back.
- Stay away from debris in the water – it could cause health and safety risks.
- Save yourself first, not your possessions.
- Help injured or trapped people – give first aid where appropriate.
- Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger or further injury.
- Help a neighbor who may require special assistance, like elderly people or small children or people with disabilities.
- Stay out of the building if water remains around it – tsunami waters, like flood waters, can cause buildings to sink and collapse.
- Check food supplies – any food that has come in contact with flood waters should be thrown out because it may be contaminated.