Find basic instructions on how you can get prepared and take part in New Zealand ShakeOut.
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.
You can start your ShakeOut drill in whatever way works for you. Use a bell or whistle, play the New Zealand ShakeOut Announcement, shout “EARTHQUAKE DRILL” or tune in to our livestream.
Drop, Cover and Hold for 30–60 seconds:
While you are doing the drill, imagine that it is real and what might be happening around you. Think about what you might need to do before a real earthquake happens to help protect yourself.
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.
Download and share this factsheet in English on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
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.Find out more
After your ShakeOut drill and tsunami hīkoi:
Download and share this factsheet in Te Reo Māori on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.