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Get ready for ShakeOut

09 October 2019

Would you know what to do if an earthquake or tsunami were to strike today? Does your family or your workplace have a plan for how they will respond?

Get ready for ShakeOut

Put your plans to the test with other New Zealanders next week for ShakeOut – New Zealand’s earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi (walk) next Thursday, 17 October at 1:30pm.

All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when it will happen, but we can definitely take steps to protect ourselves and our family.

ShakeOut is also held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake, Drop, Cover and Hold - and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if in a coastal area. If people experience the natural warning signs of a local source tsunami, they need to act immediately, Long or Strong, Get Gone.  Anyone near the coast who feels the earthquake long (more than 1 minute) or strong (making it hard to stand up), or sees or hears unusual ocean behaviour must evacuate immediately.

New Zealand ShakeOut was first held in 2012, and then again in 2015. Whether you’re doing the drill for the first time or you’ve done it before, taking part in New Zealand ShakeOut 2019 is as easy as 1-2-3. If you cannot do the drill at this time, you can choose a time to suit you within two weeks of the drill and still be counted.

Whether you’re a household, business, organisation or school, you can sign up to take part and find information on how to plan your drill, and how to hold a tsunami hīkoi if you’re in a coastal region.

“ShakeOut is a very effective way to educate people of all ages, about the need to be prepared in the event of a major earthquake and coastal inundation,” says our Council Emergency Management Officer, Pamela Balt.

Email or tag us in your videos or photos during your ShakeOut drill to help us raise awareness.

It’s up to you to make sure your family, and the people you care about, know what to do and that you all have what you need to get through on your own. Follow these easy steps here to get your household ready.

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