New Zealand ShakeOut is our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi. New Zealand ShakeOut 2024 happened on Thursday 24 October at 9:30am.

Taking part is a great way for you and your whānau to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and tsunami.

Get ready for ShakeOut

Leading up to ShakeOut, here are some things you can do to get ready for an emergency.

Sign up for ShakeOut

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.

Sign up for ShakeOut 2024!

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ShakeOut 24th October 9:30am

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.

After the drill

After your drill is complete:

  • Talk with whānau about what you learned.
  • Make changes to your household emergency plan.
  • Share your ShakeOut photos, videos and stories on social media.
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New Zealand ShakeOut

Say thanks to kids by giving them our New Zealand ShakeOut 2024 certificate in English or Māori.

Advice for disabled people

If you have a disability or any requirements that may put you at greater risk in an emergency, find advice to get ready.

Find advice for disabled people
Cartoon person in a wheelchair doing Lock, Cover and Hold

Share the ShakeOut

It's important that everyone knows what to do for ShakeOut. You never know where you will be or who's going to be around in an emergency.

Resources

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Hands marking off a checklist

Make a plan online with your whānau to get through an emergency. Think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn't have them.

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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.

How to ShakeOut

Find information on ShakeOut for schools, businesses and individuals.

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