Post-Tsunami Concerns

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Dance your cares away as the waters recede.

Tsunamis are scary events, but they don’t last forever. Water is famous for finding its level, which means the ocean will reclaim it from your yard with relative swiftness. (If your tsunami was caused by a mountain falling into a lake, let’s say it’s TBD.) Once the water is gone, it’s time for the aftermath.

Before you leave an evacuation location, be sure that local alert providers have confirmed that it’s safe to venture outside or to return to lower ground, as your needs require.

While you might want to call loved ones to hear their voices, opting for texts instead will save your battery power and put less strain on cellular service.

Avoid Risky Locations

Look at the photo below and tell me you can handle it. You can’t. Avoid everything from floodwater to tsunami-damaged buildings. Floodwater is incredibly dangerous. It could be hiding a downed power line, sharp objects, deadly contaminants, or any manner of obstacle. Do not enter flood waters.

Moving floodwater poses additional danger; anything over a few inches could easily carry you away. Six inches of moving floodwater could carry a car away. Be cautious.

Likewise, avoid any building, road, or bridge that was damaged by the tsunami. These structures may be unstable and susceptible to collapse. And be on the lookout for Bambi! Animals are also driven to higher ground during a tsunami, so watch out for wildlife in places you normally wouldn’t expect to find it.

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Prioritize Health and Wellness

Tsunamis are devastating to witness, and can be even more traumatic if preceded by an earthquake. There can be many opportunities for injury or shock, as things happen quickly. Keep a close eye on anyone who has even slight injuries, or begins to feel ill. Going into shock can trigger further medical issues, so keep your group as warm, hydrated, and calm as you can until emergency help is available. Breathing exercises and calm conversation may help everyone.

Re-entering Buildings

Eventually, you’ll be able to return to buildings. If you have children, do not take them on your first visit home. If your home is damaged, it will be easier for them to see it if they know what to expect.

Whether you are returning to your home or a place of business, do so carefully. Always check for fire hazards, gas leaks, downed power lines, and faulty electrical work that could pose a fire risk. It’s better to rely on battery-powered lighting in the initial stages as a precaution.

Document the damage done to your homebuildings and vehicles when you return. Your insurance provider will need proof of all damages, so take photos with time stamps. You may also wish to contact FEMA for assistance, if your insurance policy doesn’t cover all of the damage from the disaster.

So, is that it?

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Everything’s… fine?

About the Authors

It takes a village! We are researching, writing and fact checking as a family. Collaboration is the name of the game, whether we’re running from a zombie horde or finding the best way to turn a complex concept into a deliciously digestible set of bullet points.

Katherine Esperanza is a Los Angeles based writer. When she's not conjuring new queer slice-of-life short stories, she's busy watching the newest films, out at queer shows, supporting queer artists, or just checking out the queer community as a whole.

A former international non-profiteer, small business owner, and co-op'er, Katherine is delighted to help introduce more leftist politics into the disaster preparedness/prepper sphere, which is currently far too right-wing.