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Three things you need to know about tsunamis
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Ten Common Misunderstandings about Tsunamis
- Living with earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest
By Robert Yeats, author and earthquake expert at OSU
- Reaching Higher Ground: Prepare for tsunamis
Video by Oregon Sea Grant Extension
- Oregonians need to be ready for both types of tsunamis
Information from OSU Extension Service, Clatsop County
- When disaster hits: What you can do to recover and prepare
OSU Family and Community Health fact sheets: water and food storage and more
- Learn how to avoid tsunami hazards and threats
Information from Extension Disaster Education Network
Other Natural Disaster Resources
- Information on wildfire, floods, power failure, terrorism, pandemic disease and more
Information from OSU Extension Service, Gilliam County
- Is your home at risk of flooding?
Information from Extension Disaster Education Networ
- View current air radiation levels
Information from Oregon.gov
- View current hazards in Oregon
Information from Oregon.gov
- "It Could Happen to You"
Resources to help Oregonians prepare for disasters and emergencies. Learn about your community's disaster plan and create a plan for your family, home and office. Publications developed by the OSU Extension Service.
- Preparing Your Family for Emergencies (PDF - EM 8736)
- Family Emergency Preparedness Kit (PDF - EM 8864)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Disaster Assistance (PDF - EM 8865)
- Insurance Coverage and Making a Claim (PDF - EM 8869)
- Income Tax Deductions for Property Loss (PDF - EM 8870)
- Federal Disaster Assistance Program (PDF - 8871)
- Disaster Rehabilitation Assistance (PDF - EM 8872)
- Helping Children after a Disaster (PDF - EM 8873)