What to do in a tsunami
There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you stay safe during a tsunami. Remember, for tsunami emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call Triple-Zero (000).
Please do not phone emergency services for general advice.
For tsunami information, please phone the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre on 1300 TSUNAMI (1300 878 6264).
What to do during a marine tsunami
Ensure that you do the following during a marine tsunami:
- Get out of the water and move away from the immediate water's edge of harbours, coastal estuaries, rock platforms, and beaches.
- Boats in harbours, estuaries and in shallow coastal water should return to shore - secure your boat and move away from the waterfront.
- Vessels already at sea should stay offshore in deep water until further advised.
- Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami, as there is the possibility of dangerous, localised land inundation of the immediate foreshore.
- Check that your neighbours are aware of the situation.
What to do during a land Tsunami
Ensure that you do the following during a land tsunami:
- Go to higher ground, at least ten metres above sea level, or if possible move at least one kilometre away from all beaches and the water's edge of harbours and coastal estuaries.
- Take only essential items that you can carry including important papers, family photographs and medical needs.
- It may be in your own interests to walk to safety if possible to avoid traffic jams.
- If you cannot leave the area take shelter in the upper storey of a sturdy brick or concrete multi-storey building.
- Do not go to the coast to watch the tsunami, as there is the possibility of dangerous, localised land inundation.
- Tune into your emergency broadcasters - ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television