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 kids to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and tsunami.
Leading up to ShakeOut, here are some things your school 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:
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:
Say thanks to kids by giving them our New Zealand ShakeOut 2021 certificate.
It’s important that everyone knows what to do on drill day. You never know who’s going to be around in an emergency.
Teach students about earthquakes with this ShakeOut 2021 earthquake lesson plan.
Learn more about earthquakes on Get Ready.
Turtle Safe is an educational DVD to teach preschool children what to do in an earthquake.
Learn more about tsunami on Get Ready.
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.
Schools play a large role in keeping the community safe. Learn about your school's responsibilities and teach students the skills they need to be prepared.
What’s the Plan, Stan? is a resource to support schools, teachers and students to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for emergency events.
Download and print our Kids as Teachers Challenge so kids can be the teachers at home and show their whānau how to get prepared. There are eight challenges for kids to complete with an adult.