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 schools, early childhood centres, kura and kohanga 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 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.
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.
Students will learn about what happens in an earthquake, what causes earthquakes, past events in New Zealand, earthquakes in Māori tradition, and what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
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.
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.
Learn more about earthquakes through our In an emergency section and through What's the Plan Stan?.
Learn more about tsunami through our In an emergency section and through What's the Plan Stan?.
Find information about school responsibilities and how to teach students the knowledge and skills they need to be more prepared for an emergency.
What’s the Plan, Stan? is a free resource to support schools, teachers and students to develop the knowledge and skills to prepare for emergency events.
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.
Turtle Safe is an educational DVD developed specifically to teach preschool children what to do if they are inside or outdoors when an earthquake occurs.