Natural disasters like tsunami always leave huge consequences to human life. With enough understanding to cope with the situation, we can somehow overcome the difficulties more easily.

What to do during a tsunami?

There are two types of tsunami which include marine tsunami and land tsunami.

For marine tsunami:

Make sure that do follow these steps:

  • Try to get out of the water or run away from the water’s edge as fast as you can.
  • If you are in a boat, return to shore, secure the boat and get out of the waterfront.
  • For vessels near the beaches, let them stay offshore, in deep water.
  • Inform your neighbors about the situation.
  • Do not try to watch the tsunami by going to the coast. It’s very dangerous to do so.

For land tsunami:

Make sure that do follow these steps:

  • Move to higher and further locations, at least 10 meters above the sea level and one kilometer away from any water’s edge.
  • Grab only important items before moving. Medical needs are the top priority.
  • To avoid traffic jams, be flexible in choosing means of transport.
  • If it’s impossible to get away from the area, take your shelter and move to the upper storey of a concrete multi-storey building.
  • Also, do not try to watch the tsunami by going to the coast. It’s very dangerous to do so.
  • Stay informed about the situation by tuning into your emergency broadcasters.

More tips

Before a tsunami

Be prepared before a tsunami strikes would help you survive and possibly reduce the damage to your home and business.

  • For those who live in coastal areas, find information about the tsunami risk and local warnings or arrangements of the government.
  • For those with disabilities or special requirements, ask the support network to inform you of any warning or emergency broadcast.
  • Prepare an emergency plan and a getaway kits in case the tsunami strikes unexpectedly.
  • Search for the nearest high ground beforehand and think about the escape routes, from home and from your workplace to the safe place.

After a tsunami

  • Continue to stay informed by listening to the news for any defence advice.
  • Only return to the evacuation zones unless the authorities have confirmed that everything is OK. There may be one more wave coming within 24 hours after the first one. Chances are the second one can be bigger than the first one.
  • Check yourself for any injuries and get medical help if needed.
  • Say no to sightseeing.
  • When returning to your home or office, use extreme caution. Floodwaters may leave severe damages to the building. On spotting any broken utility lines, report to the authorities.
  • For insurance purposes, take notes and pictures of your damaged property.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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