You will be scared. You will be confused. You won't be sure what to do in the initial minutes, hours, maybe days after a 9.0 earthquake or tsunami hits the Pacific Northwest.
Here are the first steps you should take (not necessarily in this order). All of this downloadable in a document at this link. Download it to your phone so you'll always have access to it.
* Check: Are you injured? Is anyone else injured?
* Determine if you need to evacuate (This is a good reason to have a small ax at your home in case the disaster has made it impossible to open doors or windows -- you need a tool to break out).
* Take your 3-day (or more) supply kit.
* If this was an earthquake, do not go outside unless it's not safe to stay in your building. If you live around high-rises, glass could fall to the ground or facades of older buildings could crumble.
* If a tsunami is approaching, get to a higher floor or higher ground immediately.
* Do you smell or hear gas leaking? Turn it off. (You'll want to have a tool that will not create a spark)
* Check on your neighbors
* Conserve water
* Check for water stored in your water heater -- it may hold 30-50 gallons of potable water (Here's how to do it)
* Get water from the toilet tank (not the bowl)
* Fill bathtub and sinks, making sure to tightly plug drain
* Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible if power is out.
* Save your phone battery
* Charge phone immediately in case power goes out
* Shut off apps
* Shut off Push notifications except for those you absolutely need
* Decrease screen brightness
* Shut off GPS, location services, and Bluetooth unless you absolutely need them
* Call only who you need to and keep conversations short.
* Forward calls to another phone, if you can
* If you can't call, send email or social media messages to friends and family
* Write down important phone numbers in case your phone dies
* Monitor local radio and TV broadcasts
* Monitor websites and social media for information
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