Sign up to ShakeOut 2019!

Issue: Volume 98, Number 10

Posted: 17 June 2019
Reference #: 1H9v6x

New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place on Thursday 17 October at 1.30pm.

The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is encouraging all schools, businesses and households to sign up, hold a Drop, Cover and Hold drill, and plan a tsunami hīkoi if they are in tsunami zones.

All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when they will happen, but we can protect ourselves and those we care about. Last year over 800,000 people took part, mostly from schools, preschools and tertiary organisations.

This year, the time of the drill has moved to 1.30pm to encourage schools to practise their reunification plans and involve the community.

We know that when kids are involved in preparing for emergencies and learning about natural hazards, they encourage their families to be more prepared and play a more active role in responding to and recovering from emergencies.

A new website is being launched in July, which will be a one-stop shop for emergency preparedness, and will include ShakeOut and
What’s the Plan, Stan? (a free emergency preparedness resource for primary schools).

In the meantime, you can sign up for ShakeOut(external link) now (a temporary page on the Ministry’s website) and share the date with your community.

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 8:48 AM, 17 June 2019

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