Hopefully by now you’ve read What to Do Before a Tsunami to learn what you can do now to prepare yourself for a tsunami and What to Do During a Tsunami to learn what you should do to protect yourself during a tsunami. Today we’ll be talking about What to Do After a Tsunami.
Listen to Local Officials
Hopefully you’ve made it to higher ground and are safe for the time being. Just because water starts receding, DON’T go back to lower ground. Tsunami waves can last for several hours so even if one wave has passed, another one (possibly even larger) may be coming right behind it. Turn on the TV, listen to the radio, go on the internet and make sure you listen to officials and don’t go home until they tell you it’s safe to do so.
Check for Injuries
You or others may be injured during the tsunami. Hopefully you bought an emergency kit by now and have it with you. Check yourself and get first aid if needed then check others. People may be trapped and if someone needs to be rescued, call the professionals who have the right equipment to help. Many people have been killed or injured trying to rescue others.
Avoid Disaster Areas
You might put yourself at risk from residual effects of the flood and your presence might interfere with emergency response operations. Also, try to stay away from debris in the water. The tsunami will wash everything with it and with the water all muddy and murky, you never know what’s in there. Most likely there will be a lot of sharp objects that can cut you or other objects that might get you trapped.
Take Caution with Buildings
Even though the tsunami has passed, it has caused a lot of damage. Stay away from buildings that has water around it as the floors or walls may collapse due to the damage. When entering buildings that you may think is safe, walk carefully with every step. There can be damage that you can’t see and things can collapse in a moments notice due to a little pressure.
Go to a Designated Shelter
In the event that it’s not safe to go back to your home, go to a designated shelter. They will have supplies there to help in immediate first aid and shelter to keep you safe.
If you are able to go back to your home, take inventory of the damage. Write down significant items lost or destroyed so you can either claim it through insurance or just make note of it to get replaced (especially important documents like birth certificates, social security cards, and passports). Also, if claiming insurance, make sure you take a lot of pictures. This may help in speeding up the claim process as this provides evidence to the insurance company
If it is declared a national emergency, money assistance is sometimes offered to those most affected by the tsunami. Contact the Department of Human Resources in your region to find out more. If the need is severe, you can also apply for food stamps, medical help or other government assistance.
Finally, stay around your loved ones. With such a devastating experience, you’ll need a lot of support from others to help you recover both physically and emotionally. Other people probably experienced the same thing as you and sometimes it helps to share those experiences. A lot of people suffer anxiety, depression, and grief after a major disaster. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to seek professional help or counseling. We all want to help you recover so just ask if you need help.
Have you experienced a tsunami? How did you recover? Post in the comments below and share your experiences.
If you haven’t read the following, read them as it may save your life.