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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
517 AM AST SUN MAR 22 2015

...PRACTICE TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS ALL YEAR LONG...

IMAGINE YOU ARE AT THE COAST AND YOU FEEL A STRONG OR LONG
EARTHQUAKE. A TSUNAMI COULD BE HEADED YOUR WAY. WOULD YOU KNOW WHAT
TO DO?

A TSUNAMI CAN STRIKE ANY OCEAN COAST AT ANY TIME...IN ANY SEASON.
TSUNAMIS DO NOT HAPPEN OFTEN...BUT WHEN THEY DO THEY CAN
DEVASTATE COASTAL COMMUNITIES. SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE 20TH
CENTURY...34 TSUNAMI EVENTS HAVE CAUSED MORE THAN 500 DEATHS AND
OVER $1.7 BILLION (2014 DOLLARS) IN DAMAGE TO U.S. COASTAL STATES
AND TERRITORIES.

A TSUNAMI CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS TO LIFE AND PROPERTY ON
THE COAST. IT CAN PRODUCE DANGEROUSLY STRONG CURRENTS...RAPIDLY
FLOOD THE LAND...AND CAUSE GREAT DESTRUCTION. AS A TSUNAMI MOVES
ACROSS LAND...THE WATER AND DEBRIS IT CARRIES CAN DESTROY
BOATS...VEHICLES...BUILDINGS AND OTHER STRUCTURES AND CAN INJURE
OR KILL THOSE IN ITS PATH. THE WATER CAN BE JUST AS DANGEROUS AS
IT RETURNS TO THE SEA.

THERE ARE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES
FROM A TSUNAMI. IF YOU LIVE...WORK OR PLAY NEAR THE COAST...YOU
SHOULD PREPARE FOR A TSUNAMI.

MOST IMPORTANT...YOU SHOULD KNOW HOW TO RESPOND TO TSUNAMI WARNINGS.
TSUNAMI WARNINGS ARE BROADCAST THROUGH LOCAL RADIO AND TELEVISION,
WIRELESS EMERGENCY ALERTS...NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND TSUNAMI.GOV. THEY
MAY ALSO COME THROUGH OUTDOOR SIRENS...FROM LOCAL OFFICIALS...VIA
TEXT MESSAGE ALERTS AND IN TELEPHONE NOTIFICATIONS.

BUT SOME TSUNAMIS CAN REACH THE COAST WITHIN MINUTES OF AN
EARTHQUAKE...SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND NATURES WARNINGS. IF
YOU ARE AT THE COAST AND FEEL A STRONG OR LONG EARTHQUAKE...NOTICE A
SUDDEN RISE OR FALL OF THE OCEAN OR HEAR A LOUD ROAR FROM THE
OCEAN...A TSUNAMI MAY FOLLOW. GO QUICKLY TO HIGH GROUND OR INLAND
(AWAY FROM THE WATER).

LEARN MORE AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/TSUNAMISAFETY.


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