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. Practicing your tsunami evacuation route helps your muscle memory kick in when an event happens, even in a very stressful situation.

All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and tsunami. 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 or as far inland as you can out of tsunami evacuation zones.

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If an earthquake is Long or Strong, Get Gone

Tsunami hīkoi week

All of New Zealand’s coastline is at risk of tsunami. East Coast LAB's tsunami hīkoi week encourages people to learn and practice their tsunami evacuation route.

New Zealand ShakeOut in October is also a great opportunity for you to practice your tsunami hīkoi.

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Visit the East Coast LAB website to find out about Tsunami Hīkoi Week.

How to practise your tsunami hīkoi

Check to see if your home, work, school  or community meeting place is in a tsunami evacuation zone. Plan a route that takes you safely out of the zone. Plan to walk or bike if you can. Your Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has tsunami evacuation zone maps and 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 to practise. 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 zonesCheck with your Civil Defence Emergency Management Group. They have tsunami evacuation zone maps and advice. Make sure you know where to go, whether you are at home, at work or out and about.

Tsunami hīkoi resources

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Download East Coast LAB's tsunami hīkoi information sheet. Organise a community tsunami walk.

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Download East Coast LAB's tsunami hīkoi poster. Show you're taking part and help spread the word.

If an earthquake is Long or Strong, Get Gone

Download and print out posters and factsheets. Learn what to do before, during and after a tsunami.

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