Find basic instructions on how you can get prepared and take part in New Zealand 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.
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ShakeOut is a self-run drill. You can start it in whatever way works for you. You could:
Drop, Cover and Hold for 30–60 seconds:
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.
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.
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:
Say thanks to kids by giving them our New Zealand ShakeOut 2021 certificate.
Read a New Zealand perspective on floods on Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Learn what to do in an earthquake in different scenarios. Watch these earthquake safety videos produced by the Southern California Earthquake Center.
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.
If an earthquake is Long or Strong, Get Gone. Watch this short video to find about Long or Strong, Get Gone.
Download and share this factsheet on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
Download and share this factsheet in Te Reo Māori on what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
Download and share this factsheet in English about what to do before, during and after a tsunami.
Download and share this factsheet in Te Reo Māori about what to do before, during and after a tsunami.
Download, print and share our ShakeOut 2021 poster and social media images in multiple languages to help promote New Zealand ShakeOut 2021.
Download, print and share our Drop, Cover and Hold factsheet and posters in multiple languages to learn what to do during an earthquake.
Download, print and share our Long or Strong, Get Gone factsheet and posters in multiple languages to learn what to do during a tsunami.