During a Tsunami


When a Tsunami Watch is issuedFamily preparing Emergency Plan

The first stage of the process for warning you about a tsunami is a 'tsunami watch' phase. This means that there is the potential for an identified undersea earthquake to cause a tsunami threat to Australia. If there is a threat, the Bureau will issue a National Tsunami Watch. If there is no threat, a National Tsunami No Threat Bulletin will be issued.  If there is a possibility of a Land Threat Tsunami emergency services may commence evacuations immediately.

People in affected areas:

  • Locate your Emergency Kit and add any medications, important papers, special items for babies, elderly, clothing, food and water
  • Locate your Emergency Plan
  • Keep listening to your local radio station or other media for any updates and advice
  • Follow advice given to you by emergency services


Actions to take when a Tsunami Warning is issued

It is important to act early on warnings as tsunami can reach the coastline quickly and follow the advice of emergency services.

Home Emergency Plan

Marine and Immediate Foreshore Warning

  • 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
  • Check that your neighbours have received this advice
  • Keep listening to your local radio station and monitor other media for updates and advice


Marine and Land Inundation Warning

  • 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

    Home Emergency Plan

  • Consider walking 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
  • 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
  • Check that your neighbours have received this advice
  • Keep listening to your local radio station and monitor other media for updates and advice

    A Tsunami Warning Cancellation will be issued when the Tsunami threat has passed