How to Prepare for a Tsunami?
As with most disasters, preparedness starts at home with an emergency kit and a plan. For more on this see our page on Preparedness.
View the Tsunami Inundation Map for Santa Cruz to determine if your home or office lies within the area expected to be affected by a large tsunami. IMPORTANT: Be sure to read the section on the map entitled "Purpose of this Map" so you understand how it is intended to be used by local planners. The map also indicates a worst case run-up scenario.
What should I do during a tsunami?
If you are in an immediate coastal area and feel an earthquake, move to high ground or inland immediately. Ideally, you want to get at least 100 feet above sea level and/or 1-2 miles inland. There may be little to no time to get out a warning of a tsunami that occurs locally so move quickly. DO NOT move towards the ocean expecting to watch the tsunami. If you can see the tsunami you are too close!
If you feel or hear of a earthquake nearby and you are not immediately on the coast, turn on your radio to get information about any possible tsunami warnings.
Time is a critical factor with tsunamis, you are the most important thing to save, not your possessions.
What should I do after a tsunami?
After a tsunami, wait for officials to say it is safe before returning to coastal areas. If damage has occurred, be mindful that debris may be hazardous and water may be contaminated.
For more information:
NOAA Tsunami Program