How do I know when to evacuate?
A strong off-shore earthquake may generate a tsunami. Therefore, if you feel the ground shake, evacuate inland or to high ground immediately and return only after officials say it is safe to do so.

During distant source tsunami events, local Civil Defense officials will advise citizens to evacuate by sounding the Civil Defense sirens, making an announcement over the Emergency Alert System (EAS) or over NOAA Weather Radio or local radio broadcasts. Compliance is voluntary, but orders are given only in the most serious of circumstances.

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1. What should I do when I hear the Emergency Management Agency sirens?
2. What is the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING?
3. Should I evacuate or stay where I am?
4. What should I do to protect my pets/animals?
5. What should my family and I take to the shelter?
6. Where is the nearest evacuation shelter/emergency shelter?
7. I am a visitor at a hotel. What should I do when a disaster is imminent?
8. What should I do during a hurricane?
9. Will tourists be evacuated after a disaster strikes?
10. What to do BEFORE a disaster strikes:
11. What to do WHEN disaster strikes:
12. What is a tsunami?
13. Where and when do tsunamis occur?
14. How do I know when to evacuate?
15. Where do I evacuate?
16. How do I get to inland or to high ground?
17. What should I do if an earthquake occurs while at the coast?
18. What can I do to protect myself from a tsunami?