A tsunami can cause dangerous rips, waves, strong currents and localised flooding for several days to weeks after the initial impact. Damage to marine infrastructure is likely, and in the event of flooding, there may be damage to buildings, including your home.
Electricity, water, gas and sewerage may not be working. There could also be road and airport closures and loss of communications.
It is important to stay up to date with the latest official warnings and alerts by visiting www.emergency.wa.gov.au.
Recovery can be difficult, and you may find it emotional and stressful for you and your family. During this time, it is essential to look after your wellbeing.
If you need help removing debris, call your local government. For emergency temporary repairs needed to make your home safe, phone the State Emergency Service on 132 500.
Be aware that calls for assistance are prioritised to assist those most in need first so it might take several hours or even days before assistance may come.
Contact your insurance company to report any damage or loss as soon as possible and before you start cleaning up. An assessor will be sent to your property to process your claim. Depending on their advice, you may be able to begin repairs.
If safe to do so, collect photo evidence of damage for insurance purposes before removing debris or repairing.
Check with your insurance company before entering a contract with cleaning or repair contractors to avoid additional bills.
If you are a tenant with home contents insurance, contact your insurer and advise your real estate agent, property owner or landlord.
If you cannot remember the name of your insurance company or the details are not available, you can contact the Insurance Council of Australia on 1300 728 228.
If you own the property that is damaged, talk to your insurer about securing it while assessments are done. If you are a tenant, your owner or landlord is responsible for organising site security. If you have a dispute with the owner or landlord over the security of your rented or leased property, you can visit the Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website or call the consumer protection team on 1300 304 054 for assistance.
The Department of Communities can provide personal support services and practical assistance such as: help to access or replace identity documents; advocacy; counselling; and psychological support; and referral to other support service providers.
To speak to someone about wellbeing supports that may be available to you, call the Disaster Response Hotline on 1800 032 965.
Most people will recover over time with the support of family and friends. However, after a crisis, it is often easier to talk to a professional who is not involved in the situation and is trained to listen. Organisations that can help with counselling, support and referrals include:
Make sure you inform the following people and services of your temporary contact details:
These simple steps will help you and your family: