What is New Zealand ShakeOut and tsunami hīkoi?

ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake — Drop, Cover and Hold — and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if in a coastal area.

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 A classroom doing Drop, Cover and Hold

(Fun music starts playing with an unseen female narrator.)

We can't predict an earthquake, but we can be prepared by practicing what we do.

(A cartoon man with a moustache sits at a white wooden table with a crystal ball in front of a colourful background. He taps on the crystal ball before picking it up while standing. The man knocks over his chair as he stands.)

Wherever you are on New Zealand ShakeOut day, join the rest of the country and Drop, Cover and Hold for New Zealand Shakeout, our national earthquake drill.

(The screen zooms out to show two more cartoon characters; a businessman at a water cooler and a schoolgirl at a school-desk, with the words “October 28th 9:30am” hanging above them. When the narrator says “…drop…,” the screen focuses on the businessman as he drops to the floor with the word DROP above him. When the narrator says “…cover…,” the screen focuses on the schoolgirl under her desk, covering her head, with the word COVER above her.  When the narrator says “…hold…,” the man with the moustache is under his white table holding the table leg, causing him to drop his crystal ball which rolls away. When the narrator says “…for New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill…,” the New Zealand ShakeOut logo is shown with the words NATIONAL EARTHQUAKE DRILL below.)

And if you're in a coastal area, practise your tsunami evacuation hīkoi too by heading inland or to higher ground.

(The screen shows a cartoon woman with a tiny dog waiting next to a bus stop and a street sign pointing up the hill to SUMMIT. A cartoon man with a surfboard runs past and up the hill while beckoning the woman to follow. The tiny dog runs after the man, comically dragging the woman with them.)

Sign up and find out all you need to know at shakeout.govt.nz.

(Music continues… The screen shows the words, SIGN UP TODAY, the website URL, SHAKEOUT.GOVT.NZ, the New Zealand Shakeout logo, and the date and time of New Zealand ShakeOut day, 28th OCTOBER 2021, AT 9:30AM.  When the narrator says “…shakeout.govt.nz…,” the website URL letters visibly shake like they are experiencing an earthquake.)

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New Zealand ShakeOut is our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi. Wherever you are during New Zealand ShakeOut, you can take part in the drill. Just Drop, Cover and Hold for up to one minute, and if you're in a coastal area, practise your tsunami hīkoi.

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This New Zealand ShakeOut audio announcement can be used to facilitate your Drop Cover and Hold earthquake drill. Play it through a speaker or PA so everyone knows the correct action to take.

shakeout-drill-day-audio-en-jul19.mp3 mp3 1.9 MB
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New Zealand ShakeOut 2021 is proudly co-sponsored by the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

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