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Information for Schools and Early Childcare Centres

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 schools, early childhood centres, kura and kohanga to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and practise your tsunami hīkoi (evacuation walk) if you’re in a coastal area.

Do the ShakeOut

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

  1. Sign up now. You can sign up everyone in two minutes.
  2. Spread the word. Tell your friends and family, share on social media, 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).



Things to do once you’ve signed up

  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. If you are in a coastal area, check your tsunami evacuation zone and map your tsunami hīkoi.
  4. Sign up for our New Zealand ShakeOut Schools Challenge to win prizes for your students and school, and help your community take steps to be better prepared for emergencies.

If you are unable to drop, brace yourself in a chair or wheelchair (lock your wheels) and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms.



Primary school resources - What’s the Plan Stan?

This online guide for teaching emergency preparedness is used by school across the country to teach emergency preparedness for years 1-7, with suggestions for teaching and learning programmes focusing on emergency events and the impacts they could have.

Visit the What's the Plan, Stan? website to:

What’s the Plan, Stan? outlines the content of school policies and procedures, as well as ERO expectations and legislatory requirements for Boards of Trustees.

Visit the What's the Plan, Stan? website



Early childhood resources

Me Noho Takatū

Me Noho Takatū ((Be Prepared) has been developed by a Hawke's Bay group providing bilingual resources for Hawke's Bay Kōhanga Reo and Early Childhood kaiako/teachers, whānau and children, to support their knowledge of planning for local hazards.

Find out more about Me Noho Takatū

Turtle Safe

Turtle Safe is an educational video that teaches preschool children what to do if they are inside or outdoors when an earthquake occurs.

Find out more about Turtle Safe on the GetThru website



Planning for emergencies

The Ministry of Education has advice and guidance on planning for emergencies.

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!