Tsunamis are powerful and can cause widespread damage. Find out what to expect after a tsunami and what action you can take to recover.

What to expect after a tsunami

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

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.

When your home is damaged

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.

Emergency accommodation and housing:

Insurance, repairs and rebuilding

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.

Securing your property:

Your wellbeing

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:

  • Crisis Care: Call 9223 1111 or free call 1800 199 008 (day or night)
  • Lifeline: Visit the Lifeline website or call 13 11 14  
  • The Samaritans: Visit The Samaritans website or call 135 247.
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Getting back to normal

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