New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place Thursday 28 October 2021 at 9:30am.
Taking part is a great way for everyone in your organisation to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and tsunami.
An emergency plan is a health and safety requirement. Not having one is a big risk for your business and the people in it.
Being prepared for an emergency or disaster can:
Leading up to ShakeOut, there are lot's of things your organisation can do to get ready for an emergency.
On ShakeOut day, try testing some of your other plans as well.
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.
After your drill is complete:
It’s important that your staff, customers and clients know what to do on drill day as well. You never know who’s going to be around in an emergency.
Follow the Shut Happens task list to create contingency plans for your business.
Use this guide on what to include in your emergency planning from business.govt.nz.
Find advice for looking after staff after in an emergency.
Have staff fill in a personal workplace emergency plan to plan for an emergency during work hours.
Continuity and contingency planning is about being prepared for all types of disruptions. Use the business.govt.nz step-by-step guide to get your plan sorted. It’s vital to your business’s survival.
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.