What a Tsunami Risk Has in Common With a Nuclear War Threat

by | Sep 27, 2017

Insights from the Flood Insurance Specialists

There's a war of words between the US president and the dictator of North Korea and it does not seem to bode well for America. As the evil ‘rocket man' threatens to use nuclear force against the United States, the associated island located closest to the source is getting nervous.

The jittery feeling appears to be underscored by the government big wigs. “Get prepared,” they tell residents on the Pacific shoreline.

How exactly does one prepare oneself for an epic attack promised by someone who is intent on destruction? Officials cite a tsunami as the example.

The Pacific coast is no stranger to the fear of a tsunami. In the year 1957, in fact, what is referred as a ‘distant-source' tsunami was generated in the region by an earthquake that occurred 2,100 miles away!

Insurance suppliers say the devastating results were five million dollars of property, auto and home damages.

In hindsight to that terrible event, emergency responders have devised a plan to minimize risks. The same plan officials now say residents should use if, Heaven Forbid, residents face a standoff with nuclear arsenal.

Here are the important steps to take if a tsunami or a nuclear threat looms.

• Learn about the risk at hand. Reach out to emergency groups for any information they can provide. Find out how much higher your street is to sea level and learn how far away your street is to the coastline and any other high-risk spots.
• Tourists should speak to hotel or motel personnel about risks and evacuation travel routes.
• Devise your own evacuation strategy by planning an escape route that takes you at least one hundred feet away from your residence – or in an upward direction that is two miles inland from the coast – or as further away as you can make it. Your plan should include escaping by foot within fifteen minutes from start time of evacuation. Follow any evacuation routes that have been officially posted along the way to safe shelters.
• Perform evacuation drills with your family during key times: day, night and during inclement weather.
• Confer with an experienced independent insurance agency in regard to flood coverage because your standard homeowner's policy does not carry it.
• Keep posted about warnings and watching via the radio and social media.
• Sit your family down to discuss what to expect and make a plan in the event family members become separated.
• Fill your emergency kit with essentials such as an adequate supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, medicine, flashlight, radio and other necessary things. Place your kit by the door so you can grab it quickly in the event of an emergency.

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