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Information for Organisations

New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is happening at 9.30 am on 18 October 2018.

Taking part is a great way for your organisation to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and tsunami.

Do the ShakeOut

Doing the ShakeOut is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Sign up now. You can register everyone in two minutes.
  2. Spread the word. Tell your community, share on social media, include information in newsletters, put up posters, etc.
  3. Do the ShakeOut! Drop, Cover and Hold at 9.30am on 18 October 2018*, followed by a tsunami hīkoi if you’re in a coastal area.

* 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).

Get prepared

  • Identify safe places to Drop, Cover and Hold within your school/ECE and practise the Drop, Cover and Hold drill with your staff and students.
    • DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to.
    • COVER your head and neck (or your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk (if it is within a few steps of you).
    • HOLD on to your shelter (or your position to protect your head and neck) until the shaking stops. If the shaking shifts your shelter around, move with it.
  • Workout how you will start and finish your earthquake drill – ring a bell (do not use a fire alarm), blow a whistle, make an announcement, watch a video.
  • If you are in a coastal area, check your tsunami evacuation zone and map your tsunami hīkoi. Invite your community, suppliers, customers to join you.
  • Plan what your business or workplace will do now to prepare for an emergency:
    • Do you know how to contact your staff, suppliers and key customers if your IT system is down and you cannot get into your office?
    • Do you have alternative contact information for when landline or mobile networks are down?
    • Does anyone else in your organisation know where to find this information if you are not there?
    • Do your staff and their families have a plan for communicating in a crisis?

If there is no shelter nearby, or you are outside, DROP down on your hands and knees and COVER your head and neck with your arms and hands, and HOLD on.

Why prepare your business?

An emergency plan is a health and safety requirement. Not having one is a big risk for your business and the people in it.

Being prepared for an emergency or disaster can:

  • save lives and prevent harm
  • help businesses to continue trading through hardship
  • give staff and owners confidence
  • protect equipment and premises, and,
  • quickly get businesses running again.

Share ShakeOut at your workplace

  • Display posters and flyers about New Zealand ShakeOut in customer areas and on noticeboards.
  • Include information about New Zealand ShakeOut in your communication to staff and stakeholders.
  • Include a link to on your intranet and website – we have banner ads you can include too.

Find resources on our Share the ShakeOut page.

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!