Natural Disasters

Natural disasters image

Three things you need to know about tsunamis

  1. Know when a tsunami is coming.
    If you feel an earthquake, a tsunami is likely on the way
    . Duck, cover and hold on until the shaking stops. Move out of unsafe buildings. A large earthquake will quickly be followed by large tsunamis. If you're above 50 feet in elevation, stay there. If not, run for the highest spot you can get to in 15 minutes. Do not move from high ground for 12 hours; there will be several surges.

    If you hear a warning on TV, siren or radio, the earthquake has happened somewhere else, and a tsunami may be on its way in a matter of hours. You have time to evacuate, but most people won't need to. For distant tsunamis, waves are much smaller and may be similar to floods during a severe winter storm at high tide. Monitor the media for information and local instructions.
  2. Locate the Safe Zones.
    See danger zones and safe zones
    See evacuation zones for the Oregon coast 
    Discuss with your family the location of safe places, the nearest high ground and routes to get there. The general rule is to get above 50 to 100 feet and stay there for 12 hours. Identify those locations not only for your home, but for all of the places that you frequent: work, shopping, church, recreations areas, etc.

  3. Reconnect with loved ones.
    Talk about what to do if you get separated and do what you agree to. For a local earthquake and tsunami event, teach everyone to get to safety, stay there and reconnect when it's over. Stay on high ground for 12 hours. Do not meet at a predetermined location (home, school). It could be dangerous to get there. Identify a person from another state for everyone to call as soon as possible.

Other Tsunami Resources

Other Natural Disaster Resources