In a tsunami:

  • Monitor local TV and radio closely.
  • Follow the instructions of emergency services and local officials – some areas may be warned via loud hailer or mobile public address system.
  • A tsunami is a series of waves – there may be more than one wave and the first may not be the largest. Wait for the all clear before returning to your home
  • If you cannot reach high ground, shelter in the upper floor of the closest sturdy building and stay there until advised that it is safe to leave.
  • NEVER go onto the beach, a breakwater, estuary or harbour to watch a tsunami.  Stay away from the water’s edge. A tsunami can move faster than people run.
  • If you’re on a ship or boat at sea, move to deep water. Do not return to port until advised it is safe to do so. Damaging wave activity and unpredictable currents can affect harbours for a period of time after the initial tsunami impact.
  • If you are on a ship or boat in shallow water close to shore and there is sufficient time, return to land and secure your boat before seeking high ground.
  • NEVER return to low lying areas unless you have been told it is safe to do so by emergency services or public officials.