How do I know when to evacuate?
A strong off-shore earthquake may generate a tsunami. Therefore, if you feel the ground shake, evacuate inland or to high ground immediately and return only after officials say it is safe to do so.

During distant source tsunami events, local Civil Defense officials will advise citizens to evacuate by sounding the Civil Defense sirens, making an announcement over the Emergency Alert System (EAS) or over NOAA Weather Radio or local radio broadcasts. Compliance is voluntary, but orders are given only in the most serious of circumstances.

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1. What is a tsunami?
2. Where and when do tsunamis occur?
3. How do I know when to evacuate?
4. Where do I evacuate?
5. How do I get to inland or to high ground?
6. What should I do if an earthquake occurs while at the coast?
7. What can I do to protect myself from a tsunami?