We’re highlighting some of the awesome registrants who have signed up for our national drill and tsunami hīkoi.

Five people and a dog Drop, Cover and Hold under some tables

Sharesies

The online investment platform company Sharesies takes part in ShakeOut to help staff feel comfortable knowing what to do in an earthquake.

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Two people doing Drop, Cover and Hold in an empty park

Emerge Aotearoa Group

Charitable trust Emerge Aotearoa Group is taking part in New Zealand ShakeOut to ensure the safety of their whānau.

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Sharesies

The online investment platform company Sharesies is taking part in New Zealand ShakeOut for the third time.

Internal Operations Manager, Hannah Bennett says the Sharesies team practice Drop, Cover and Hold to ensure their staff feel comfortable knowing what to do in the event of an earthquake.

“The majority of our staff are based in Wellington – a city that tends to shake quite often! So, we love knowing that at least once a year, our team members are practising jumping under desks, and taking a moment to consider their emergency plans with their close contacts and whānau,” said Hannah.

“Sharesies’ number one tip for other businesses preparing for emergencies is to talk about emergency planning and practicing what to do to make it seem less scary for staff. “We’ve found that in talking through emergency planning, and practicing (like getting under your desk) we all come out feeling much more empowered and prepared.”.

“Participating in ShakeOut is pretty fun – so we love sneaking really practical and important information into something that just feels like a fun activity.”

Emerge Aotearoa Group

The Emerge Aotearoa Group are taking part in New Zealand ShakeOut to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their whānau.

Two people doing Drop, Cover and Hold in an empty park

The Emerge Aotearoa Group is a national charitable trust that provides a wide range of social services. Their mission is all about strengthening whānau so communities can thrive.

Safety and Wellbeing Manager, Leon Fox says “with over 1300 kaimahi from Kaitaia to Invercargill, the safety of our whānau (both our kaimahi and the people we support) is important to us. ShakeOut lets us support our whānau as we know that preparing for a natural disaster like an earthquake is vital to keeping people safe.

“We get involved in ShakeOut to raise awareness of the need to practice an emergency procedure, so that when you need it, it’s second nature.”

Emerge Aotearoa’s top tips for other organisations preparing for emergencies are:

  • Don’t just go with generic procedures, e.g. in a tsunami, head to higher ground. Instead think about the specifics. Which higher ground would we aim for? How are we going to get our people there? What if the roads are blocked?
  • Make your emergency procedures site-specific and then practice, practice, practice to iron out those bugs.
  • Make sure you have processes (technological and manual) in place for when you have to communicate with your people in an emergency.