By Mike Coviello (Tanner)

Everything you need to prepare for a tsunamis including a tsunamis checklist, needed equipment and supplies. Knowing how to prepare for a tsunamis can save your life.



TannerTanner: Former aerospace engineer who specialized in hypergolic propellants. Hobbies include shooting zombies & reloading ammo.







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.



  1. Crushing and destructive action of the wave(s) and water
  2. Drowning
  3. Marine hazards
  4. Inland flooding
  5. A tsunamis can damage or destroy coastal towns and villages.


Equipment & Supplies You Need

Buy these items well before the tsunamis arrives. 

  1. Emergency power generator (Emergency Generators )
  2. Survival kit/ bug out bags (Executive 72-hour Kit with Solar Upgrade)
  3. Food (MRE's)
  4. Water (Water Filters, Purifiers and Storage)
  5. Emergency lights (Emergency Lighting)
  6. Emergency radio (Emergency Radios)
  7. Two large coolers: One for drinks & one for food
  8. Plywood and construction supplies (in the event that you have to board up your windows)
  9. Uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for your electronics.(UPS)


Emergency Kits

Make, stock up or verify the fully stocked status of each of your emergency kits.

  1. Car back pack, car first aid kit (first aid kit ), auto tool kit (tool kit ) and car contents.
  2. Emergency evacuation backpack
  3. Food emergency kit
  4. Dog/pet emergency kit
  5. 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 gloves.



  1. Make a tsunamis plan. Know when and what you are going to do in advance of an oncoming tsunamis.

  2. Make a family communications plan.

  3. Determine the elevation level of your property and whether your land is in a flood zone or will be prone to flooding.

  4. Identify nearby ponds, lakes, levees and dams in your area and determine if they pose a hazard to you.

  5. Identify and pre-plan tsunamis evacuation routes. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you need to evacuate.

  6. Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.

  7. Make sure each member of your family knows what to do no matter where they are when an tsunamis occurs.

  8. Establish a meeting place where you can all reunite afterward.

  9. Transportation may be disrupted after an tsunamis, keep emergency supplies (food, liquids, comfortable shoes) at work, in your car and at home.

  10. Make sure all family members know where your gas, electric and water main shutoff valves are and how to turn them off.

  11. Identify your closest fire and police stations and emergency medical facility.

  12. Coordinate your emergency tsunamis plans with your neighbors.

  13. TAKE Red Cross First Aid and CPR Training Course.

  14. Know distance of your street from the coast or other high-risk waters.

  15. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Fill your tank up with gas.
  3. Get spare gas cans and fill them up in case of gas shortage after the tsunamis.
  4. Park your car in the garage, sheltered location or the most protected and highest elevated ground possible.
  5. Secure all of your cars important paperwork to somewhere safe.
  6. Verify car contents. Fully equip your car. See What Should I Keep In My Car?
  7. Make sure your car insurance is up to date and in force.


Important Documents

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.

  1. Photo copies of prescriptions
  2. Emergency preparedness manual
  3. Photo identification
  4. Proof of occupancy of residence (utility bills)
  5. Medical history or information
  6. Waterproof container for document storage
  7. Back-up disks of your home computer files
  8. Camera & film & spare batteries for camera
  9. Insurance, medical records, bank account numbers, Social Security card, copy of will, family records
  10. Important telephone numbers and contact information
  11. Inventory, pictures and receipts of valuable household goods


Before The Tsunamis

  1. Double check your emergency kits and supplies (food, water, flashlights, weather radio, batteries, etc.)
  2. Identify battery powered appliances and tools and stock up on all applicable batteries. Fully charge all chargeable batteries (Solar Battery Charger)
  3. Get extra cash. Get small bills, ones, 5's, 10's, 20's and 50's at the bank.
  4. Put important documents in a waterproof container or bag.
  5. Plan for your pets.
  6. Monitor emergency broadcasts and be ready to evacuate.
  7. Stock up on ice.
  8. Fill all bottles, bathtubs and containers with water. This is a neat bathtub water storage device.. waterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage.
  9. Call family and friends to notify of intentions.
  10. Extra supply of medicines for each family member (and pets)


During The Tsunamis

  1. Evacuate immediately, taking your animals with you.
  2. 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 coastline.
  3. Stay away from the beach.
  4. Don't worry about saving your possessions. Every second counts.
  5. Watch TV or listen to the radio for tsunamis updates.


After The Tsunamis

  1. Continue listening for the latest updates.

  2. Expect more waves and possible flooding even after the tsunamis has "ended".

  3. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch dangers including fallen objects, downed electrical wires and wild animals.

  4. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

  5. Walk carefully around the outside your home and inspect for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.

  6. Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control.

  7. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.

  8. Avoid drinking tap water or preparing food with it until you are sure it’s not contaminated.

  9. Check refrigerated food for spoilage.

  10. Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up.