If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone, you should practise your evacuation route, or ‘tsunami hīkoi’. A tsunami hīkoi is a walk that takes you along your tsunami evacuation route either inland or towards high ground.

What is a tsunami hīkoi?

A tsunami hīkoi is a walk that takes you along your tsunami evacuation route either inland or towards high ground. 

All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and tsunami, but practising your tsunami hīkoi is an easy way for you and those around you to learn the right actions to take. Practise your evacuation walk to high ground or inland by foot or bike.

If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone, practise evacuating out of the zone. 

Long or Strong, Get Gone

Remember, Long or Strong, Get Gone.

Drop, Cover and Hold during the shaking. Protect yourself from the earthquake first.
As soon as the shaking stops, move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as you can.

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How to practise your tsunami hīkoi

Check to see if your home, work or school is in a tsunami evacuation zone and plan a route that takes you safely out of the zone. Plan to walk or bike if you can. Your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has tsunami evacuation zone maps and regional advice.

Decide where you will go (and make sure everyone in your family knows, in case you’re not all together). Your evacuation place will probably be with friends or family, so make sure they know your plans.

Practise your tsunami hīkoi with your family, colleagues or classmates. Tsunami hīkoi week and ShakeOut are great opportunities for everyone to practise their tsunami hīkoi together. If you have a pet you could walk them along your tsunami evacuation route.

Find out more about tsunami

Find out more about how tsunami work and what to do before, during and after a tsunami. 

Know your tsunami evacuation zonesYour local Civil Defence Group has tsunami evacuation zone maps and regional advice. Make sure you know where to go, whether you are at home, at work or out and about.

Resources

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Download East Coast LAB's tsunami hīkoi info sheet to help you organise a tsunami walk for your family, organisation or community.

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Download East Coast LAB's tsunami hīkoi poster to show you're participating and help spread the word.

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Download and print out posters and factsheets in multiple languages on what to do before, during and after a tsunami.