How to Plan a Tsunami Walk!

Whether you live, work, or travel along California’s
famous coastline, it’s important to be prepared to survive and recover from tsunamis. California’s Tsunami Preparedness Week is
the last week of March each year. A tsunami is a series of waves that can be
generated by underwater earthquakes, landslides, and volcanic eruptions, or even meteorite
impacts. California’s coast can be affected by both:
near-source tsunamis, when the first wave could arrive within a few minutes; or far-source tsunamis, when waves can take hours to reach our shores. The best way to help yourself and your community
is to organize or participate in a local tsunami walk. Actions include: selecting a route that starts
in a tsunami danger zone and ends in a tsunami safe zone, setting a date and time for your
walk, engaging local leaders, and inviting others in your community. This is one type of activity that counts as
participation for Tsunami Preparedness Week, though an activity held anytime throughout
the year will also count! You can get maps of tsunami danger and tsunami
safe zones at For your tsunami walk, you can also select
a scenario – are you simulating a near-source or far-source tsunami? Consider how having less or more time will
affect the amount of people evacuating and the ways they choose to do so. Even if you don’t lead a tsunami walk this
year, you can still organize disaster supplies, talk to your agent about flood insurance,
or test your family communications plan – these are good steps that also count toward Tsunami
Preparedness Week participation! Remember, we’re all in this together – be
sure to spread the word and help others prepare to survive and recover from our next tsunami. Visit to register your tsunami
preparedness activity in California’s Tsunami Preparedness Week on the last week of March
each year and to submit to the events calendar if it’s open to the public and/or media.

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