It is important to know how to get out in case an emergency happens. If an earthquake happens, no matter what type of earthquake it is:
- Get your first aid kit out and repair injuries as FAST AS YOU CAN!
- Check to see if the roads are clear enough. If they are, make a getaway on HWY 30 away from the ocean and the Columbia River.
- If roads are not clear enough, get to higher ground as fast as possible. Go on top of a bluff or a high hill far away from the river, or behind or on top of a tall hill.
- DO NOT LEAVE SHELTER UNTILL AFTER AT LEAST 2 HOURS HAVE PASSED! This is important because every time a tsunami strikes, it is a SET of waves, not just one. Normally, every wave after the previous one has a greater strength and height.
- Contact emergency services as soon as possible. The more calls they get from residents, the more 911 operators know what is going on.
- Try to locate friends and family.
- Wait until disaster officials say it is safe to go back into the devastated area.
- Assess damage and call your insurance provider for costs.