When Safe, Continue to Follow Your Disaster Preparedness Plan

DON’T HEAD TOWARDS THE COAST IF YOU HAVE HEARD THAT A TSUNAMI WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED. You will put yourself in danger and make it more difficult for the people who need to evacuate.

Hazard Zone


  • Stay away from the coast until officials permit you to return. Remain on high ground. Waves from a tsunami may arrive for 12 hours or longer.


  • If your home isn’t damaged, you are safest there even if the power is off.
  • Do not use open flames—candles, matches or lighters—until you are sure there are no gas leaks.
  • Never use a camp stove, charcoal grill or gas generator indoors.

Be in communication

  • Use your portable, car, or NOAA Weather Radio for information. Scan channels to find one that is on the air.
  • Call your out-of-area contact and tell them your status, THEN STAY OFF
  • Check on your neighbors.

If you cannot stay in your home…


  • Use your radio to get information on shelter locations in your community.
  • Find out what you are allowed to bring to the shelter—space is limited.

The first weeks after the earthquake

  • Make sure your home is safe to occupy.
  • If the gas was turned off, arrange for the gas company to inspect your lines and turn it back on.
  • Have a professional inspect your fireplace or wood stove before use.
  • Locate and/or replace any critical documents.
  • Inventory and take pictures of any damage and contact your insurance agent to begin the claims process.