What TsunamiSafe means for you

Rock and Beach Fisherman

Call NSW SES

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 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 hear an unusual roaring sound from the ocean before the arrival of a tsunami

Marine and Immediate Foreshore Threats

  • Get out of the water and move away from the immediate water's edge of harbours, coastal estuaries, rock platforms, and beaches
  • 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

Land Inundation Threat

  • 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

Know where to goCall NSW SES

  • 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 tsunami, 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)