Definitely read up on wikiHow's first aid and emergency articles, but consider taking a legit course from a nearby school, hospital or community center. Once you know how to predict a tsunami and how to handle the situation when it comes, your main duty is to pass your learning onto others.
Prepare your emergency kits long before there might be a tsunami to be sure you get everything you might possibly need.
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The water will be inactive, and the only waves will be very small and barely make it up to the beach. Tourists are often the ones absent-mindedly looking to the sea and then not running till it's too late; you see the locals scatter way before the visitors. Invest in a set of walkie talkies and outline the plan, making sure all parties understand that that's where they need to meet, regardless of circumstance. Many people will be entranced by the odd behavior of the ocean and not realize something is wrong. Apart from that, in the middle of nowhere, the waves have room to spread out and thus their ferocity gets exponentially diminished. Once you're there, use your radio to tune in to your weather alert station and use the walkie-talkie to channel your family.
A small wave might come up and fill the water where it is supposed to be, but then it will recede back in a second.


In general, tsunamis are not particularly threatening, as they constantly happen every day around the world, often in the middle of the ocean.
Familiarize yourself with the terrain so if the worst were to happen, you could fend for yourself. If you're at work, the kids are at school, and your spouse is at home, all the group planning in the world won't do you any good.
The 32nd floor of a high-rise that gets swept away and turned to rubble by the current is not a good place to be. The last thing you expected on your week-long, relaxing visit to Thailand was a tsunami, but that doesn't mean it won't happen. Your emergency route would lead you there and you could stash your emergency kits in it as well. So much land that almost never breathes air will make its fateful appearance and it'll be impossible to ignore. Many times people think that the tsunami is over and are injured or killed by the second or third wave. She says that she’s learned communication and coaching skills through wikiHow, and enjoys the instant gratification of improving something and being productive online.
That and you don't run the risk of the side of a building or a semi-truck hitting you in the face; you'll be much safer at sea.
Even though you'll probably be following everyone else, know that they're heading for high ground, too, and you should do the same.
Worst case scenario is you get caught somewhere for a few days before evacuations start happening, so you want 72 hours worth of goods.
Yell, scream, and make an idiot out of yourself if you need to in order to grab their attention.


So if the first wave is not very aggressive or not very big, don't think you can go back to the beach and that your tsunami did not live up to the hype.
You could be casually resting on the beach, eyes closed, earbuds in, and all of a sudden the tide starts acting as if it has a mind of its own.
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