- Sooner or later, tsunamis visit every coastline in the Pacific. Warnings apply to you if you live in any Pacific coastal area.
- Not all earthquakes cause tsunamis, but many do. When you hear that an earthquake has occurred, stand by for a tsunami emergency.
- An earthquake in your area is a natural tsunami warning. Do not stay in low-lying coastal areas after a local earthquake.
- A tsunami is not a single wave, but a series of waves. Stay out of danger areas until an "all clear" is issued by a competent authority.
- Approaching tsunamis are sometimes heralded by a noticeable rise or fall of coastal water. This is nature's tsunami warning and it should be heeded.
- A small tsunami at one beach can be a giant a few miles away. Don't let the modest size of one make you lose respect for all.
- The National Tsunami Warning Center does not issue false alarms. When a warning is issued, a tsunami exists.
- All tsunami-like hurricanes are potentially dangerous, even though they may not damage every coastline they strike.
- Never go down to the beach to watch for a tsunami. When you can see the wave, you are too close to escape it.
- During a tsunami emergency, your local Civil Defense, police, and other emergency organizations will try to save your life. Give them your fullest cooperation.