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Get Ready for ShakeOut 2018!

New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place on Thursday 18 October 2018 at 9:30 am*.

ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake, Drop, Cover and Hold - and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if in a coastal area.

New Zealand ShakeOut was first held in 2012, and then again in 2015. Whether you’re doing the drill for the first time or you’ve done it before, taking part in New Zealand ShakeOut 2018 is as easy as 1-2-3!


  1. Sign up for New Zealand ShakeOut 2018

    To take part in the drill, sign up your school, organisation or household. It takes two minutes to sign up everyone and we’ll send you all the information you need to do the drill.

    We’ll also give you tips on preparing for earthquakes and other emergencies, making emergency plans, what to do when the shaking stops, and how to add a tsunami hīkoi to your drill if you are in a coastal area.

  2. Share the ShakeOut

    We have lots of resources you can use to encourage others to sign up to ShakeOut. Download posters, factsheets, digital and social resources, scripts and more.

  3. Do the ShakeOut

    Wherever you are at 9.30am on 18 October 2018, you can take part in the drill. Just Drop, Cover and Hold for up to one minute, and if you’re in a coastal area practise your tsunami hīkoi. There are lots of hints and tips for signalling the start and finish of the drill, what to do before hand to get more prepared, and what to do when the drill is over.

    * If you cannot do the drill at 9.30 am on 18 October 2018, you can choose a time to suit you within two weeks of the drill and still be counted.

ARE YOU READY?

Drop, Cover and Hold
The correct action to take during an earthquake (PDF 126kb).

For schools

Plan your drill
Information to help you plan your school's drill.

What's the Plan, Stan?
Our online guide for teaching emergency preparedness.

School competitions
Win prizes for your students and school .

For early childcare centres

Turtle Safe
A video to teach pre-school children what to do if an earthquake occurs.

Emergencies in ECE
Ministry of Education guidance on planning for emergencies for early childcare education centres.

For people with disabilities

Plan your drill
Information to help you perform your drill.

Get Ready for an Emergency
A pictorial resource to help you get ready for an emergency (PDF 0.6mb).

CHECK THE STATS


participants and counting!

( worldwide)


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about each area

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Competitions

The New Zealand ShakeOut Schools Challenge empowers students to be the teachers and show their community how to be prepared. Register for the Challenge today, with prizes for everyone who takes part.

Find out more

Register for the Challenge

The ShakeOut website and registration system are services of SCEC, the Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
New Zealand ShakeOut Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!