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Over 600,000 Kiwis Set To Drop, Cover And Hold For New Zealand ShakeOut

Around 665,000 Kiwis have signed up to take part in tomorrow’s New Zealand ShakeOut, our annual national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi.

On Thursday 15 October at 9:30am, people across New Zealand will join together to practise the correct actions to take during an earthquake and tsunami by participating in the annual ShakeOut drill. The drill will see schools, business and households Drop, Cover and Hold, and practise their tsunami hīkoi evacuation route if in a coastal area.

Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black says by practising ShakeOut every year, knowing what to do in an earthquake and tsunami will become second nature.

“Everyone can use ShakeOut to practise the correct action to take in the event of an earthquake and potential tsunami, and remind themselves to check preparedness plans and emergency supplies,” Ms Stuart-Black says.

This year’s official drill will be hosted by Matatā Public School in Bay of Plenty and livestreamed on the NZ Civil Defence Facebook page so the whole country can Drop, Cover and Hold with the Matatā students. Sarah Stuart-Black says tamariki lead the way in participating in ShakeOut.

“We want to see all children across the country taking part in ShakeOut, as they will become the new generation of prepared New Zealanders and encourage their family, friends and wh­ānau to be prepared too,” Sarah Stuart-Black said.

This year’s New Zealand ShakeOut is co-sponsored by the Earthquake Commission (EQC). EQC Chief Resilience & Research Officer, Dr Jo Horrocks says it’s great to grow EQC’s role in such an important event.

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“It’s always fantastic to see so many Kiwis get involved with ShakeOut. Taking a bit of time to think about how hazards could affect us at home, work or school, and then taking steps to prepare – these are things that will make a big difference in a disaster.”

New Zealand ShakeOut is based on the highly successful California ShakeOut which began in 2008 and has now expanded to numerous other US states and countries such as Canada and Japan.

The New Zealand ShakeOut 2020 earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place on Thursday 15 October 2020 at 9:30am. To sign up for ShakeOut 2020 and find more information, visit the getready.govt.nz/shakeout. You can check out our fun animated ShakeOut video here.

Notes for editors

Who’s behind New Zealand ShakeOut 2020?

New Zealand ShakeOut 2020 is coordinated by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Earthquake Commission (EQC), along with local and central government organisations, emergency and lifeline services and the private sector.

Part of What’s the Plan Stan

While promoting New Zealand ShakeOut 2020 to schools, NEMA and EQC are also encouraging them to use What’s the Plan, Stan? an online resource for teaching emergency preparedness in primary schools throughout the year. This year, the What’s the Plan Stan? ShakeOut programme is being delivered through a LEARNZ Virtual Fieldtrip.

Registering for New Zealand ShakeOut 2020

Signing up at getready.govt.nz/shakeout will only take a couple of minutes. As well as being counted, you’ll be kept up to date with how to get ready to drop, cover and hold, and plan your tsunami hīkoi, at 9.30am on 15 October 2020.


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