Participating in New Zealand ShakeOut is a great way for your school (or preschool) 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 you can get prepared at your school, kura, preschool, kohanga, etc, 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 did the earthquake drill according to our plan and headed up Tio Tio road which is our 'high ground' for a tsunami. We had a lot of discussion with the students about what would happen if all the staff were injured and the seniors would have to take over and make decisions. When we got back to school, we decided to do an impromptu drill during morning tea time to see if the students would know what to do if outside. Thankfully, they all dropped and covered their heads which was great to see.” – Sarah McIntosh
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, bellow ‘earthquake!’ (be mindful of timid folk) or watch 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 staff, students and school/preschool.
After your drill is complete, have discussions about what you learned and, if necessary, make changes to your school's emergency plan.
Share your ShakeOut photos, videos, and stories on the Share the ShakeOut page.
Ministry of Education Emergency Management Plan
Teaching children about earthquakes
Stan's Land - online earthquake games
More resources are being developed and will be released during the campaign. Check back here soon for updates.