Southerners sought for shake-out
Schools and community groups in South Otago are being encouraged to take part in a national earthquake drill and tsunami hı¯koi.
ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake, and to practise a tsunami hı¯koi (evacuation) if in a coastal area.
The New Zealand ShakeOut is taking place on October 18, and Civil Defence Hon Kris Faafoi is hoping all Kiwi children will take part.
‘‘The ShakeOut is a great reminder for all New Zealanders to learn the correct actions to take during an earthquake and tsunami, and to check just how prepared you are for an emergency.
‘‘This year we’ve added a tsunami hı¯koi because for people living near the coast the most important thing to do may actually be to start the walk to a safe location.
‘‘It’s important to be aware of whether your home, school or community is at risk from a tsunami, and ensure everyone knows where to go and how to get there.’’
Previous national ShakeOut events in 2012 and 2015 saw schools account for more than half the participants in the Drop, Cover and Hold drill.
Faafoi said households, workplaces and community organisations should also use ShakeOut as a reminder to check their preparedness plans and emergency supplies.
During this year’s ShakeOut, the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management is partnering with the Earthquake Commission to deliver the New Zealand Schools ShakeOut Challenge.
Once schools have registered for ShakeOut they can opt into the challenge, winning prizes for their students and school by teaching their community how to be better prepared.
For more information, go to www.shakeout.govt.nz