What TsunamiSafe means for you

Beachside Caravan and Camping Areas

CaravanBeachside caravan parks are great for a holiday, but can be at risk if a tsunami were to hit the NSW coast. There are a few things to consider when staying on or close to a beach or the coastline.

Below are some helpful basic tips to follow in preparing for a tsunami. These steps will allow you to plan what you will do if a Tsunami Warning is issued, and where you will go to ensure your safety.

Be aware of your risks

If you plan to stay in a low lying coastal area close to the beach, an estuary, a river or any other coastal inlet:

  • Find out what local radio station you should listen to if there is ever an emergency situation in your local community or the communities you visit during the holiday period
  • Contact your local NSW SES unit for information about local risks
  • For residents that plan to stay on or near the NSW coastline, prepare now by completing a Home Emergency Plan. This will help you identify what you will do if danger arises

Tsunami Warnings are issued by the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre. These warnings can be issued in a number of different ways.

They include:

  • Radio and television broadcast. Information about the warning and the impact area will be sent to all local radio and television stations for immediate broadcast. The information will contain basic tips to follow, as well as information on the impact the tsunami will have, on what areas and over what time frame
  • Tsunami Warning Siren. If you are on or near a public beach, a siren like warning will be activated. People in the water, or the immediate area will be instructed to evacuate and move further inland, at least 1km inland and 10m above sea level
  • Emergency Alert System. A text message will be sent to people in the affected area. Once this message has been received, it is then advised that residents activate their emergency plan and follow the steps to safety

You may be in an area where an official warning will not be available, so you should be aware of the natural warning signs that a tsunami is approaching.

  • You may, but not always, see the ocean drop. As tsunami approach the shoreline, the sea level may, but not always recede or drop dramatically before returning as a fast moving series of waves
  • You may, but not always, hear an unusual roaring sound from the ocean before the arrival of a tsunami

If any of these signs appear, you should attempt to seek clarification once you have removed yourself from the area, it is always best to be safe. 

For more advice on what to do when a Tsunami Warning is issued, click here

Know where to go


  • Find the safest route to travel in the event that you might need to evacuate and identify the point at which your evacuation route may be cut
  • Find out where any evacuation centres could be set up in your area. If you prefer, check with friends and relatives outside the tsunami prone area to organise a place to go

Know who to call

  • For emergency help in tsunamis, call the NSW SES on 132 500
  • Keep local emergency numbers handy (In your phone or wallet)
  • In a life‐threatening emergency, call 000 (triple zero)