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.
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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