Before a Tsunami

  1. Always be prepared, a tsunami may occur anytime.
  2. Discuss tsunamis with your family and friends.
  3. Prepare a family emergency plan including each member of your household.
  4. Emergency supplies and equipment such as canned foods, medication, flashlights, battery-powered radios, clean water and First Aid kits should be readily available and working properly.
  5. Prepare a safety backpack including medicine and first aid items.
  6. Determine if key locations e.g. home, workplaces and schools are in vulnerable places by discussing with your local disaster management office.
  7. Be aware of concrete, reinforced multi-storey buildings nearby that can be used for evacuation to upper floors if necessary.
  8. Identify danger zones, assembly locations, designated evacuation routes or the quickest way to reach higher ground safely with the help of your local disaster management officials. If you are in a low-lying area near to the beach, identify the quickest way to get to high ground.  A safe assembly location would be at least 30m (~100feet) above sea level and 3km (~ 2miles) inland.
  9. Look to insure your house in case of damages caused by flooding due to a tsunami.
  10. Keep an evacuation plan in a visible place.
  11. Learn how to turn off the gas and electricity in your home.
  12. Keep important documents in water-proof containers in high places.
  13. Ensure that all family members can recognize Natural Tsunami Warning Signs as timely, official Tsunami Warnings may not be possible.
  14. Teach and practice your evacuation plan with all family members, as everyone needs to know what to do in case all members are not together.

 

Schools practicing tsunami evacuation

 

Choose your language


Latest News

10th ICG/CARIBE EWS Meeting Opens on Tuesday by UNESCO and Government Officials

10th ICG/CARIBE EWS Meeting Op…

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – For the next three days starting on Tuesday, 19th of May until 21st of May, Sint Maarten is hosting the 10th Session...

Find Us on Facebook

Most Read

Caribbean and Adjacent Regions

Caribbean and Adjacent Regions

27 Apr 2018 Articles

Tsunami Ready in Brief

Tsunami Ready in Brief

27 Apr 2018 Articles

Flyers

Flyers

23 Oct 2017 Articles

Glossary

31 Aug 2016 Resources

Partner Links

31 Aug 2016 Resources