What TsunamiSafe means for you

Marina Mooring NSW SES TsunamISafe

Marinas & Mooring


During a Tsunami event, an area that is of great risk are those that are on the water front or in Marinas within the predicted impact zone.

Those dangers could include damage to boats, vessels and docks, as well as loss of life if boaters are not aware or prepared for a tsunami occurring.

Up to 3 hours before the predicted arrival time of a tsunami, access will be allowed to moored boats to enable removal of valuables and securing of boats.

The reason these areas are of greater risk, is that the wave will impact this area, before reaching land, if at all. To ensure you have the greatest chance of reaching safety, we have provided some basic steps to take in the event that a Marine and Immediate Foreshore Tsunami warning is issued:

  • 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 people and vessels around you have received this advice
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for updates and advice

The following steps should be taken if the Tsunami Warning indicates a potential for Land Inundation:

  • 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
  • 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
  • DO NOT go to the coast to watch the tsunami
  • Check that people around you have received this advice
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for updates and advice

More Tsunami Information for Recreational Boaters