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What is the right behaviour in the event of a tsunami alarm?

What should you do when you receive a Tsunami alarm message on your mobile phone? Read on.

Safety precautions at the coast

Whenever you are at the coast, you must realise that a Tsunami could endanger your life and those of the people travelling with you. Tsunamis strike quickly and usally without warning and all seaside areas are potentially at risk. These areas include the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and in large lakes. More than 10% of all tsunamis reach the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

The first rule: Always keep your mobile telephone with you.
Keep your mobile phone within earshot and switched on.
Check from time to time that your telephone is actually logged on to a GSM network. You should do this in particular before you go to sleep. In areas with weak network coverage you may discover that you do not always have network signals at all points within your room. In such an event it could be helpful to move the telephone few meters or to put it on a window sill.

The second rule: Act immediately when you receive an alarm.
Trust that the alarm that arrives on your mobile phone is genuine - even if other people around you appear to be unconcerned. Based on the tsunami alarm message, check whether you are in the region of the tsunami. If this is the case, immediately make use of the measures described below in the point behaviour in the case of an alarm.
Warn other people that are travelling with you, as well as those around you. Remember: It is better to act in vain than to be hit by a Tsunami unprepared. When the Tsunami arrives it will already be too late.
If you are not in the danger zone, think whether you know someone who is living or travelling in the danger zone. Try to reach and alert these people by telephone. If they are unconcerned, please explain to them urgently your tsunami alarm system is reliable and urge them to trust you and escape from danger.

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How do I recognize a tsunami?

In the worst case scenario you will not be able to recognize a coming tsunami at all. The destructive tsunami can arrive completely unexpectedly and sweep away everything in its path.
Briefly before a tsunami event it may occur that the sea retreats revealing large stretches of the sea bottom. If you see this happen, then it is usually already too late. A tsunami is on its way will arrive within moments. Use the rescue procedures IMMEDIATELY

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Behaviour in case of an alarm

When a tsunami is coming, you can rescue yourself. Provided that you are reliably warned at least ten minutes before the event and that you BELIEVE the alarm. The rescue procedures consist of moving IMMEDIATELY a few kilometers to the interior, away from the coast, and if possible to higher grounds. With the Tsunami Alarm System you and the people who are with you have the advantage of this critical pre-warning period.
Go to places that are higher up. Avoid river valleys. Escaping into higher buildings may offer you protection, however this is not guaranteed. The building could be swept away by the tsunami or could even collapse. If you have a car or a bicycle available, leave immediately. Do NOT linger even for one minute to rescue your belongings or your luggage. Only take the most important items with you: money, your mobile phone, warm clothes, and get out.
After the tsunami has hit, do not immediately return to the danger zone. Often a second, even larger wave arrives a few minutes after the first wave. Further waves can reach land even hours after the first wave. It is best that you WAIT outside the danger zone until officials give the 'all-clear' signal.

Please remember:
With the Tsunami Alarm System you are able to live at the sea or visit your favourite coastal destinations, without being concerned about your safety. Subscribe to the Tsunami-AS and you will receive these life-saving alarms reliably and timeously on your mobile telephone wherever in the world you have GSM coverage. You will also protect the lives and health of your family and children.

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