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ShakeOut is coming

08 October 2018

On Thursday 18 October at 9.30am around the country the New Zealand ShakeOut earthquake drill and tsunami hikoi (walk), takes place.

ShakeOut 2018

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

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 2018 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.

It is important we get our kids involved too. We have created a fun hazards activity book you can download here and then send their completed booklet back to us by 9 November to be in to win a family ‘Grab and Go’ bag.

If you haven’t already made an emergency plan with your household, check out and work it out today.