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Head inland and evacuate vertically if there is a strong multistory building

Published 14th March 2018, 4:53pm

If you are at home and hear there is a tsunami warning, you should make sure your entire family is aware of the warning. Your family should evacuate your house if you live in a low lying or coastal area. Move in an orderly, calm and safe manner to a location inland and preferably to higher ground or a strong multistory building.

If you are in school and you hear there is a tsunami warning, you should follow the advice of teachers and other school personnel.

If you are at the beach or near the ocean and you feel the earth shake, move immediately to higher ground. DO NOT wait for a tsunami warning to be announced. A regional tsunami from a local earthquake could strike some areas before a tsunami warning could be announced.

Tsunamis generated in distant locations will generally give people enough time to move to higher ground. For locally generated tsunamis, where you might feel the ground shake, you may only have a few minutes to move to higher ground.

High, multi-story, reinforced concrete building and hotels are located in many low-lying coastal areas and in George Town. The upper floors of these buildings can provide a safe place to find refuge should there be a tsunami warning and you cannot move quickly inland to higher ground. Homes and small buildings located in low lying coastal areas are not designed to withstand tsunami impacts. Do not stay in these structures should there be a tsunami warning.

Offshore reefs and shallow areas may help break the force of tsunami waves, but large and dangerous waves can still be threat to coastal residents in these areas. Staying away from all low-lying coastal areas is the safest advice when there is a tsunami warning.

Follow the advice of Cayman Islands Government Authorities and stay tuned to local media.

If You Are on a Boat or Ship

Since tsunami wave activity is imperceptible in the open ocean, do not return to port if you are at sea and a tsunami warning has been issued for your area. Tsunamis can cause rapid changes in water level and unpredictable dangerous currents in harbours and ports.

As dangerous as tsunamis are, they do not happen very often. You should not let this natural hazard diminish your enjoyment of the beach and the sea. But, if you think a tsunami may be coming, the ground shakes under your feet or you hear there is a warning, tell your relatives and friends, and move quickly inland to higher ground.