It's World Tsunami Awareness Day!

Posted: November 5, 2020

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Since emergency preparedness has looked a little different this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to share some resources for what to do in the event of a disaster, while avoiding spreading germs to your community and loved ones.

Remember: In the event of an emergency, the most immediate danger should be addressed first.  

If you are in the inundation zone and feel an earthquake making it difficult to stand, "Drop, Cover, and Hold On", then evacuate to higher ground IMMEDIATELY regardless of the potential COVID-19 situation. 

Now is the time to be reviewing your household emergency plans and thinking about what kind of changes you might need to make if you had to evacuate during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Consider adding a few extra supplies to your emergency kit to protect yourself and others from spreading germs during an emergency:

  • Mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizer wipes
  • Gloves
  • Individual water bottles
  • Individual portions of non-perishable foods
  • Warm Clothes
  • Warm Blankets

In the event of a Distant Tsunami the District of Tofino may receive a warning from the National Tsunami Warning Center (NTWC) or Emergency Management BC (EMBC).

In advance of a Distant Tsunami Warning, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Talk to your friends and neighbours about what kind of physical distancing steps you can take to keep each other safe during an evacuation.  Some people will have transportation and mobility issues that will affect their ability to evacuate. 
  • Consider homes of friends or family that are above the inundation zone that you could evacuate to, and how to do so safely and with physical distancing (staying in separate rooms, maintaining distance between families). 
  • If you don’t have access to a safe, indoor space above the inundation zone, evacuate to high ground and be prepared to shelter in place in your vehicle.  
  • The Community Hall and top of Industrial Way are both designated high ground muster points. However, don’t get out of your vehicle, and be prepared to shelter in place by having plenty of fuel, your grab-and-go bag with extra supplies of food and water, warm clothing and blankets, and any specific items you may need (hand sanitizer, medications, mobility aids, pet food, etc.)  
  • If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or think you have the virus, evacuate above inundation zone and be prepared to self-isolate in your vehicle. 
  • Further instructions will be provided over social media, the local radio at 90.1 FM, the Voyent Alert system, or email.


Learn the difference between a local and a distant tsunami at  

During an emergency event, the District of Tofino will make every effort to broadcast official tsunami alerts and information by email, telephone, and text message via the Voyent Alert! system, as well as by social media, outdoor sirens, radio and/or door-to-door contact if possible.  If you haven’t already, signup for emergency notifications now:

For resources on household emergency plans, how to build an emergency kit, evacuation maps, and more please visit:  

For Emergency Evacuee Guidance During COVID-19 from Emergency Management BC please visit: