How To Prepare For A Tsunamis
A tsunamis is a giant sea wave caused by an earthquakes,
volcanic eruptions or other disturbances under the sea. At
sea, over deep water, the speed of the tsunamis is greatest
and may travel as fast as a jet plane. The wave slows down
when it reaches shallow waters, but it also increases
tremendously in height. The largest recorded tsunami was 278
feet high. "Tsunami" is Japanese word. The first part, tsu,
means harbor and nami means wave.
Knowing how to prepare for a tsunamis
and taking all the right precautions to protect yourself and you
loved ones can
give you peace of mind. You should plan and make preparations
well in advance of the tsunamis.
- Crushing and destructive action of the wave(s) and water
- Marine hazards
- Inland flooding
- A tsunamis can damage or destroy coastal towns and villages.
Equipment & Supplies You Need
Buy these items well before the tsunamis arrives.
- Emergency power generator (Emergency
- Survival kit/ bug out bags (Executive 72-hour Kit with Solar Upgrade)
- Food (MRE's)
- Water (Water Filters, Purifiers and Storage)
- Emergency lights (Emergency Lighting)
- Emergency radio (Emergency Radios)
- Two large coolers: One for drinks & one for food
- Plywood and construction supplies (in the event that
you have to
board up your windows)
- Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for your
Make, stock up or verify the fully stocked status of each of your
- Car back pack, car first aid kit (first
), auto tool kit (tool
- Emergency evacuation backpack
- Food emergency kit
- Dog/pet emergency kit
- Tsunamis emergency Kit - (72-hour Survival Kits) Make sure your
tsunamis kit includes:
Flashlights & extra bulbs, Battery-operated radio, Battery-operated
lanterns, Batteries (in different sizes!), Matches, First aid kit, Duct
tape, Rain gear,
Clock (wind-up or battery-powered), Plastic garbage bags, Fire
extinguisher, Scissors, Can Opener, Clean clothes, Extra blankets, Heavy
Make a tsunamis plan. Know when and what you are going
to do in advance of an oncoming tsunamis.
Make a family communications
Determine the elevation level of your
property and whether your land is in a flood zone or will be
prone to flooding.
Identify nearby ponds, lakes, levees and dams in your
area and determine if they pose a hazard to you.
Identify and pre-plan tsunamis
evacuation routes. Determine
where you would go and how you would get there if you need
Find out how to keep food safe during and after and
Make sure each member of your family knows what to do no
matter where they are when an tsunamis occurs.
Establish a meeting place where you can all reunite
Transportation may be disrupted after an
emergency supplies (food, liquids, comfortable shoes) at
work, in your car and at home.
Make sure all family members know where your gas,
electric and water main shutoff valves are and how to turn
Identify your closest fire and police stations and
emergency medical facility.
Coordinate your emergency tsunamis plans with your
TAKE Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training Course.
Know distance of your street from the coast or other high-risk
If an earthquake occurs and you are in a coastal area, turn
on your radio to learn if there is a tsunami warning.
Prepare Your Car For
- Perform maintenance on your car to make sure it's
"ready to go" in case you have to evacuate. Check tire
pressure, oil level, radiator level, washer level.
Verify car running condition.
- Fill your tank up with gas.
- Get spare gas cans and fill them up in case of gas
shortage after the tsunamis.
- Park your car in the garage, sheltered location or
the most protected and highest elevated ground possible.
- Secure all of your cars important paperwork to
- Verify car contents. Fully equip your car. See
What Should I Keep In My Car?
- Make sure your car insurance is up to date and in
Update important documents and place in a portable and waterproof
container. As backup, scan and save your documents on a flash drive, website
other secure storage system and store in a safe location. Update or take new pictures of yard, house, house contents and car
contents and backup computer files. Email important documents to self or a friend.
- Photo copies of prescriptions
- Emergency preparedness manual
- Photo identification
- Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
- Medical history or information
- Waterproof container for document storage
- Back-up disks of your home computer files
- Camera & film & spare batteries for camera
- Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card,
copy of will, family records
- Important telephone numbers and contact information
- Inventory, pictures and receipts of valuable household goods
Before The Tsunamis
- Double check your emergency kits and supplies (food, water, flashlights, weather
radio, batteries, etc.)
- Identify battery powered appliances and tools and
stock up on all applicable batteries. Fully charge all
chargeable batteries (Solar Battery Charger)
- Get extra cash. Get small bills, ones, 5's, 10's,
20's and 50's at the bank.
- Put important documents in a waterproof container or
- Plan for your pets.
- Monitor emergency broadcasts and be ready to evacuate.
- Stock up on ice.
- Fill all bottles, bathtubs and containers with water. This is a neat
bathtub water storage device.. waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage.
- Call family and friends to notify of intentions.
- Extra supply of medicines for each family member
During The Tsunamis
- Evacuate immediately, taking your animals with you.
- Move inland to higher ground immediately. At a minimum, chose areas
100 feet above sea level or go as far as 2 miles inland away from the
- Stay away from the beach.
- Don't worry about saving your possessions. Every second counts.
- Watch TV or listen to the radio for tsunamis updates.
After The Tsunamis
Continue listening for the
Expect more waves and possible
flooding even after the tsunamis has "ended".
Stay off the streets. If you
must go out watch dangers including fallen objects,
downed electrical wires and wild animals.
Drive only if necessary and
avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
Walk carefully around the
outside your home and inspect for damage. Take pictures
of damage, both of the building and its contents, for
Watch your pets closely and keep
them under your direct control.
Watch out for wild animals,
especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through
Avoid drinking tap water or
preparing food with it until you are sure itâ€™s not
Check refrigerated food for
Wear protective clothing and be
cautious when cleaning up.