ShakeOut is happening at 9.26 am on September 26 this year.
Are you registered for this NZ-wide earthquake drill? Further information is available on the Civil Defence website: http://www.getthru.govt.nz/web/GetThru.nsf
By registering for the ShakeOut, you will:
- Be part of the largest-ever earthquake drill in New Zealand!
- Help motivate others to Get Ready and Get Thru
- Make sure you, your family and your co-workers know what to do when the next earthquake happens.
• Date and time: Wednesday 26 September at 9.26 am
• Drill starts: 9.26am with air-horn blast, school bell ringing, radio siren (hear it here) or whatever arranged (please, no fire alarms)
• Action to take: DROP, COVER and HOLD
• Drill ends: Air-horns or other agreed signal means the exercise is over.
Groups may wish to discuss potential further action, had this been a real event and not a drill. You can download an observer form and a post-drill workplace discussion sheet (PDF) from the Get Thru site, which might be useful for reflecting on what went well and what didn’t.
Thanks for getting on board 🙂
What would you do in a real earthquake? Here’s the Civil Defence advice:
Drop to the ground
Cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table
Hold on to it until the shaking stops.
- If you are indoors, stay there until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to go outside.
- If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights and power lines, then drop, cover and hold. Stay there until the shaking stops.
- If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Drive carefully and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
- If you are within a tsunami zone on the coast, then move inland or to higher ground as soon as possible.
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