After a tsunami, local officials will assess the damage and tell you when it is safe to return. Even though the danger of the tsunami has passed, other dangers may remain. If there is a lot of damage, it may be days before it is safe to return (or before you are allowed to return) to affected areas.
More safety information about returning home after a disaster is available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or television or using your mobile device (text or data) to get the latest updates about when it is safe to return, areas to avoid, the location of shelters (if available) and important safety instructions. Limit nonemergency phone calls to keep the lines open for emergency communications.
Contact Your Close Friends and Loved Ones
Let your close friends and loved ones know that you are okay. The American Red Cross's Safe and Well website can help you do this. You can also use the website to find out if others have registered themselves as safe and well.