Participating in New Zealand ShakeOut is a great way for organisations and their members to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake.
It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!
Check out the information below for basic instructions on how your organisation can get prepared, do the drill and find out more.
* If you cannot do the drill at 9:15am, 15 October 2015, you can choose a time to suit you within two weeks of the drill (and still be counted).
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“We decided to do our Shakeout on Saturday 29 Sept. At the beginning of our training, we practiced drop, cover and hold, and decided on the safest places in our dojo (away from the large windows that are on each side of the building). We also decided on an assembly point outside, in a car park area well away from the many high rise buildings in the area. Midway through our training, we triggered the drill with several beats on our big drum. Everyone dropped, covered and held well. Now we know what it's like both in normal life, and when we have all our bogu (armour) on! I also did the Shakeout on Wednesday at 9.26; at the time, I was installing a cedar shingle roof on Auckland's North Shore. I ended up sitting in a corner of the adjacent scaffolding, clear of the second floor windows above, and held on to the steel poles. I honestly don't know what else I could have done in that situation! At least the house is on high ground safe from tsunamis.” - Mark Purdy (Waikato Kendo Club) on ShakeOut 2012
Once you've signed up:
9:15am, 15 October 2015:
Signal the start of the drill: there are lots of ways to start the drill, like listen to the radio, blow a whistle, shout ‘earthquake!’ or play the official videos (more information to come later).
Do the Drop, Cover, and Hold drill for 30-45 seconds:
While you are doing the drill, imagine that it is real and what might be happening around you. Think about what you might need to do before a real earthquake happens to help protect yourself and your members.
After your drill is complete, have discussions about what you learned and, if necessary, make changes to your organisation's emergency plans.
Share your ShakeOut photos, videos, and stories on the Share the ShakeOut page.