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ShakeOut

Everyone, everywhere should know the right action to take before, during and after an earthquake. Thursday 15 October is the International ShakeOut Day of Action. 

What is ShakeOut?

  • An earthquake drill on 15 October 2015 at 9:15am.
  • A chance to practise the right action to take – 'Drop, Cover and Hold'.
  • An opportunity for everyone to plan the best actions to take before, during and after an earthquake.

Why ShakeOut?

Everyone, everywhere should know the right action to take before, during and after an earthquake. An earthquake could happen anywhere and at any time in New Zealand. You could be at home, at work, at school, or on holiday.

How does ShakeOut work?

  1. Sign up your whole school to be counted - it only takes two minutes.
  2. Spread the word.
  3. Do the Drop, Cover and Hold drill at 9:15am, 15 October 2015*.

* If you cannot do the drill at 9:15am, 15 October 2015, you can choose a time to suit you within two weeks of the drill (and still be counted).

Who can take part in ShakeOut?

Everyone in New Zealand can take part in the ShakeOut. See who is taking part 

Why drop, cover and hold?

Ground shaking during an earthquake is not usually the cause of injury. Most injuries happen when people try to move more than a short distance during the shaking. 

If you are in an earthquake in New Zealand, 'Drop, Cover and Hold' is the right action to take. If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then:

  • DROP to the ground,
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you know it is safe to go out. 

If you are outside, move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines, then 'Drop, Cover and Hold'. Stay there until the shaking stops.

 

Thursday 15 October is the International ShakeOut Day of Action. New Zealand will be the first country to participate this year. Image: Civil Defence.

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Everyone, everywhere should know the right action to take before, during and after an earthquake. Image: Civil Defence.

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It is easy to be a part of ShakeOut 2015. Image: Civil Defence.

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If you are in an earthquake in New Zealand, 'Drop, Cover and Hold' is the right action to take. Image: Civil Defence.