April is Tsunami Awareness Month, and DTRIC Insurance reminds residents, especially those in low-lying areas, of the dangers a tsunami can present.
The American Red Cross has five tips on preparing for and dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami:
- Determine if your home, workplace, and your children’s school are in tsunami hazard areas
- Know how high your home is above sea level, and how close you are to the coastline, as evacuation orders may be determined by these figures
- Plan your evacuation route from work, school, and other frequented locations; emergency planners recommend going inland for at least two miles, and getting higher than 100 feet above sea level
- In the aftermath of a tsunami, use NOAA radio, or tune to local radio and television stations for the latest updates on the tsunami
- Do not return to low-lying areas until given the all-clear signal – sometimes a tsunami can go on for a significant time, with waves of various sizes hitting the shoreline in succession.
Visit the Red Cross Hawaii Chapter’s website for additional information on how you can prepare for disasters and keep your family safe.