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If you live in a coastal area that is hit by an earthquake, especially near the Pacific Ocean, the chances of a tsunami hitting increase. Take these precautions immediately after an earthquake.
-Turn on your radio or TV to hear if there is a tsunami warning
-Move away from the shoreline and to higher ground
-Do not go to the beach, especially if you see a noticeable recession of water away from the shoreline.
If you live in an area of the world where tsunamis could occur, there are a few precautions you can take to help prevent damage to your home and property.
-Elevate your home if it's on the coast.
-Make a list of things to bring inside in case a tsunami hits.
-Have your home inspected by an engineer to determine ways to divert water away from the structure.
-Contact your insurance agent. Homeowners' policies don't cover tsunami flooding. Inquire about the National Flood Insurance Program.
Keeping a Family Disaster Kit is important in case a tsunami strikes. It should contain necessities for the entire family.
Store one-gallon of water per person for at least three days in plastic containers.
Keep a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as peanut butter, trail mix, canned juices, milk, soup and sweetened cereals.
Store a first-aid kit, tools, some clothing and bedding and important documents in the kit as well.
Be sure to store the kit in a convenient place for all family members and keep things in a airtight, plastic containers.
Long before a natural disaster strikes, it is wise to create a family disaster plan, especially for children. Make the following decisions before the evacuation actually occurs:
1. Determine a place to meet outside your neighborhood
2. Determine a second meeting place in case the first one is damaged or ruined
3. Decide on another family member (apart from members of your household) to call to check-in in case you are separated. Ideally, the contact should be someone out-of-state
4. Designate someone to take the disaster kit when they evacuate
|Sheri Ann Richerson|