17 October 2019

Get Ready to Shake Shake Out

New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi. Visit our How to ShakeOut page for instructions on how you can get prepared and do the drill wherever you are, or follow these easy steps:

1. Work out how to trigger your drill

You can signal the start of the drill at 1.30pm on Thursday in lots of ways.

Watch our live Facebook feed and Drop, Cover and Hold with us.
Play the pre-recorded drill-day announcement.
Use an air-horn, a PA system, a whistle, or someone with a loud voice.
Don’t use your fire alarm, it confuses people and can mean a costly call out!

Remember to signal the end of the drill after 30-60 seconds.

2. Know the right action to take

Wherever you are, practise Drop, Cover and Hold.

DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to, protects your vital organs and makes you a smaller target for falling and flying objects.
COVER your head and neck (or your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk (if it is within a few steps of you).
HOLD on to your shelter (or your position to protect your head and neck) until the shaking stops. If the shaking shifts your shelter around, move with it.
While you’re there, have a look around and see if there are any hazards that could move or fall in an earthquake.

If there is no shelter nearby, or you are outside, DROP down on your hands and knees and COVER your head and neck with your arms and hands, and HOLD your position.

Instructions are also available for people with disabilities or special requirements.

3. Plan your tsunami hīkoi

ShakeOut is a great chance to practise your tsunami hīkoi if you’re near the coast. So decide where you will go if a long or strong earthquake hits.

Get to know your tsunami evacuation route. You can either walk or bike the route, or just map it out and talk it over with your colleagues, friends and family.

Remember in a long or strong earthquake, there may not be time for an official warning. So know the signs and work out where to go .

After the drill
After your drill is complete, talk about what you learned, and if necessary, make changes to your emergency plan.

If you’re in an office or group environment, you could talk about how you might get home after a big quake, find people you can walk with, talk about what you’d need or where you could stay.

Find out how to get prepared and work on your emergency plans for school, home or work using the online tool at www.getready.govt.nz.

Check out What’s the Plan, Stan? for lots of resources to teach kids about preparing for emergencies.

Share your ShakeOut photos, videos, and stories on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/nzcivildefence or send them to shakeout@dpmc.govt.nz.

If you have any questions or queries, please email us at shakeout@dpmc.govt.nz.