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03 October 2012

Drop, cover and hold

Photo of Mayor Glenn Leach, elected members and staff under tables during operation shakeout

Thames-Coromandel District Council's Mayor, elected members and staff stopped the Council meeting to participate in New Zealand's first ever national earthquake drill.

The drill, OperationShakeout, was organised by the Ministry of Civil Defence partly to correct wrong advice put out online by well-meaning but misinformed individuals during the Christchurch earthquake.

The wrong advice came from other parts of the world and proved detrimental to people who fell victim to it. Even Thames-Coromandel District Council's Facebook page recieved comments by those still misinformed and who continue to hold to the bad advice despite the massive nation-wide effort to correct it with OperationShakeout.

This advice has been reviewed by New Zealand and international researchers in light of the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and is still:

If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

For full and detailed information and the reasons why this is the correct advice, see the official Civil Defence website here.