Evacuate if Necessary – Check for Injuries and Damage


Tsunami Evacuation

Feeling ground shaking that lasts a long time may be the only warning that a tsunami is on its way. In Step 1 you identified hazard areas and evacuation routes. Grab your “grab and go” kit and immediately head to a safe area.

Do not wait for an official warning

Once you are in a safe area, CHECK FOR INJURIES AND DAMAGE

First take care of your own situation—check yourself for injuries so you can help others. Remember your emergency plans. Aftershocks may cause additional damage, so get to a safe location and take your disaster supply kit with you. Once you are safe, help others and check for damage. Protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and work gloves, to avoid injury from broken glass and debris. Wear a dust mask and eye protection if you have them.

If you are trapped under debris, protect your mouth, nose and eyes from dust. If you are bleeding, put pressure on the wound and elevate the injured part. Signal for help with your emergency whistle, a cell phone, or tap on pipe or wall, three times every few minutes, so rescuers can locate you. Don’t shout—shouting will wear you out and can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

Check for injuries

  • Do not move injured persons unless they are in danger of further injuries.
  • Use your first aid skills to stop bleeding.
  • Cover injured persons with a blanket to keep them warm.

Check for damage

Gas Wrench

  • If possible, use your fire extinguisher to put out small fires.
  • Turn off the main gas valve IF you smell gas or suspect a leak. Only the gas company can turn if back on.
  • Wear gloves to protect yourself from broken glass
  • Stay away from damaged chimneys or brick walls. Aftershocks may bring them tumbling down.