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 you and your whānau to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and tsunami.
Leading up to ShakeOut, here are some things you can do to get ready for an emergency.
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:
Say thanks to kids for participating in New Zealand ShakeOut by giving them our New Zealand ShakeOut 2021 certificate.
If you, or a member of your household, is disabled or has any extra requirements that may affect your/their ability to Drop, Cover or Hold or practise a tsunami hīkoi, we have information to help you get ready.Find out more
It’s important that everyone knows what to do for ShakeOut. You never know where you will be or who’s going to be around in an emergency.
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.
Drop, Cover and Hold is the right action to take in an earthquake. It stops you being knocked over, makes you a smaller target for falling and flying objects and protects your head, neck and vital organs. Watch this short video to find out more about Drop Cover and Hold.
For a local source tsunami, which could arrive in minutes, there won’t be time for an official warning. It is important to recognise the natural warning signs and act quickly. Remember, Long or Strong, Get Gone.
Make a plan online with your family/flatmates/friends to get through an emergency. Think about the things you need every day and work out what you would do if you didn’t have them.