South­ern­ers sought for shake-out

Clutha Leader - - FRONT PAGE - STAFF REPORTER

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

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