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, and practise, 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 business or 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 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:
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.
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.
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.
This personal workplace emergency plan will help you plan for an emergency during working hours.
Business.govt.nz has a guide on what to include in your emergency planning, including identifying risks, developing emergency procedures, insurance cover and contacting and supporting staff.
Continuity and contingency planning is about being prepared for all types of disruptions, e.g. an earthquake, broken equipment or losing a supplier — and quickly getting back on your feet. Use the business.govt.nz step-by-step guide to get your plan sorted. It’s vital to your business’s survival.
Follow the Shut Happens action task list to create contingency plans for your business.
Resilient Organisations has advice for looking after staff after an emergency, called Staffed or Stuffed.
Download and share this factsheet in English 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 helpful factsheet in English about what to do before, during and after a tsunami.
Download and share this helpful factsheet in English and Te Reo Māori about what to do before, during and after a tsunami.