Find basic instructions on how you can get prepared and take part in New Zealand ShakeOut.

Before the drill

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ShakeOut takes place across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake. Drop, Cover and Hold. You can also practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if you're in a coastal area.

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Woman and Stan the dog doing Drop, Cover and Hold

Information for schools, businesses and individuals

Doing the drill

ShakeOut is a self-run drill. You can start it in whatever way works for you. You could:

  • use a bell, whistle or alarm
  • play the New Zealand ShakeOut Announcement over your PA system
  • shout “EARTHQUAKE DRILL”, or
  • tune in to our Facebook livestream.

Drop, Cover and Hold for 30–60 seconds:

  • DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to.
  • COVER your head and neck (or your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk (if it is within a few steps of you). If there is no shelter nearby, cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
  • HOLD on to your shelter (or your position to protect your head and neck) until the shaking stops. If the shaking shifts your shelter around, move with it.

While you are doing the drill, take note of what might be happening around you in a real earthquake. Think about what you might need to do to prepare for a real earthquake.

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Megaphone

Use this New Zealand ShakeOut audio announcement to start your earthquake drill. Play it through a speaker or PA so everyone knows the correct action to take.

Tsunami hīkoi

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.

learn about tsunami hīkoi
A school doing their tsunami evacuation walk

After the drill

After your ShakeOut drill and tsunami hīkoi:

  • Talk about what you learned with your family, workmates, flatmates or friends.
  • Make changes or add to your emergency plans if you need to.
  • Share your ShakeOut photos, videos and stories on social media.

Resources

Factsheet
Cartoon person doing Drop, Cover and Hold
Learn why Drop, Cover and Hold is the right action to take in an earthquake.
Video
Cartoon person doing Drop, Cover and Hold

Drop, Cover and Hold is the right action to take in an earthquake. Watch this short video to find out more about Drop Cover and Hold.

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Arrow above a house on a hill in a tsunami evacuation zone

If an earthquake is Long or Strong, Get Gone. Watch this short video to find about Long or Strong, Get Gone.

Factsheet
Cartoon person doing Drop, Cover and Hold
Download and share this factsheet on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
Factsheet
Cartoon person doing Drop, Cover and Hold

Tīkina ake, tiria hoki tēnei pukameka mō ngā mahi me whakamahi ā mua, ā roto, ā muri hoki i tētahi rū whenua.

Download and share this factsheet on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

Factsheet
A family and a person on a bike evacuating up a hill from a tsunami
Download and share this factsheet in English about what to do before, during and after a tsunami.
Factsheet
A family and a person on a bike evacuating up a hill from a tsunami

Tīkina ake, tiria hoki tēnei pukameka mō ngā mahi me whakamahi ā mua, ā roto, ā muri hoki i tētahi ngaru taitoko.

Download and share this factsheet in Te Reo Māori about what to do before, during and after a tsunami.

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New Zealand ShakeOut

Download and print our Kids Challenge so kids can be the teachers at home and show their whānau how to get prepared. There are eight challenges for kids to complete with an adult.

If your school is taking part, return the challenge to a teacher to enter the draw to win some prizes!

Translated resources

External link
Cartoon person doing Drop, Cover and Hold

Download, print and share our Drop, Cover and Hold posters in multiple languages to learn what to do during an earthquake.

External link
A family and a person on a bike evacuating up a hill from a tsunami
Download, print and share our Long or Strong, Get Gone factsheet and posters in multiple languages to learn what to do during a tsunami.
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