How do I get to inland or to high ground?

If you see an unexpected rise or fall in the coastal water, a tsunami may be approaching. Do not wait - instead move inland or uphill as quickly as possible.

Go on foot if necessary, particularly if an earthquake has caused damage to roads, power lines, and resulted in significant debris.  

If you are camping on or near the beach, you may have to abandon your campsite to go inland or to higher ground to save your life. 

Remember: Never go to the coast to watch a tsunami. Tsunamis move faster than a person can run.

Stay tuned to your radio, marine radio or NOAA Weather Radio during a disaster. Bulletins will be issued regularly through local emergency management officials and National Weather Service. Call 9-1-1 only for life threatening emergencies.

Do not return to shore after the first wave. Wait for emergency management officials to give the "All Clear" before you return. 

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1. What should I do when I hear the Emergency Management Agency sirens?
2. What is the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING?
3. Should I evacuate or stay where I am?
4. What should I do to protect my pets/animals?
5. What should my family and I take to the shelter?
6. Where is the nearest evacuation shelter/emergency shelter?
7. I am a visitor at a hotel. What should I do when a disaster is imminent?
8. What should I do during a hurricane?
9. Will tourists be evacuated after a disaster strikes?
10. What to do BEFORE a disaster strikes:
11. What to do WHEN disaster strikes:
12. What is a tsunami?
13. Where and when do tsunamis occur?
14. How do I know when to evacuate?
15. Where do I evacuate?
16. How do I get to inland or to high ground?
17. What should I do if an earthquake occurs while at the coast?
18. What can I do to protect myself from a tsunami?