With 20 per cent of New Zealand’s coastline, it’s important that people in Marlborough know what to do in response to a tsunami warning.
Like other emergencies, we can’t control a tsunami but we can be prepared.
We don’t always get a warning of a tsunami. Remember, if an earthquake is long or strong, get gone. If you’re near the coast and an earthquake lasts for longer than a minute, or is strong enough that you have difficulty standing, you need to go inland as far as you can, or go to higher ground.
If you do receive a tsunami warning via the Emergency Mobile Alert on your phone, tell other people who may not have received it and evacuate promptly if you’re asked to. Remember, warnings can change as GNS scientists find out more information. For a beach and marine threat, you don’t need to evacuate but you should stay off the beach and out of the water.
Take a look at the tsunami inundation maps (see links) for Marlborough and make a plan with your whānau, neighbours and workmates about what to do and where to go in case of a tsunami.
If you’re in Blenheim, you don’t need to evacuate as the town is outside the tsunami inundation zone. However, if you live or work in Picton, Rarangi, Havelock or you live near the sea, you should be familiar with the potential risk to your property.
Have a grab-bag ready so you’re not trying to get essential items at the last minute. And if you do need to evacuate, take your pets if you can do so quickly. You might be away from home for some time, and you should stay away until you receive the ‘all clear’.