If the tsunami warning horn is going off or there is news that a tsunami is imminent in your area, follow the evacuation orders authorities make and evacuate immediately! DO NOT go to the beach to “watch” the tsunami as it will hit hard and fast so you won’t be able to escape.
Remember that if you see a sudden rise or fall of the ocean in a short period of time, it’s usually an indicator of a tsunami so get away!
Stay Away From the Beach!
As stupid as it sounds, there are several cases where thrill seekers “think” they’re safe and head to near the beach watching it from a beachfront building. Some people even think they’ll be rich or they’re “cool” if they get a video of the tsunami. Unfortunately in most cases, when they finally panic and realize they should evacuate, it’s already too late. Remember that tsunamis can be as high as 100 feet (30 m) like the one that devastated Indonesia in 2004.. Can you imagine 100 feet? It’s about 10 stories! There’s no way you’ll be able to escape that if you’re near the beach.
So what should you do during a tsunami?
Head to Higher Ground
The higher you are the better chance you have of the tsunami not reaching you. You should try and get at least 33 feet (10 m) high if possible but much better if you can get to an area that is 100 feet above sea level.
If you are unable to get to higher ground or there is nothing that is high, move as far inland as possible. Try to go as far as 2 miles (3 km) if possible. If you can’t, just aim to go as fast and as far as possible. Even a few feet can make a big difference.
Take Only Essential Items
Every second counts, so only take essential items like identification, important documents, and medical needs. You don’t want to be wasting time packing clothes, shoes, toys or other items that can be easily replaced. Your life is more important! You should already have an emergency kit in your home and a bag of essentials just for this occasion and other disasters.
This is Your Life!
This is your life we’re talking about and also the lives of your friends and families. Please understand the simple steps above and follow them. Don’t risk your life over stupidity or lack of preparation. The best way you can survive a tsunami is to know what you should do. Don’t underestimate the speed and force of a tsunami.