ShakeOut 2019

​New Zealand ShakeOut - Whakahaumaru Aotearoa

​Thursday 17 October 2019 at 1.30PM

What is New Zealand ShakeOut and tsunami hīkoi?

ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake — Drop, Cover and Hold — and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if in a coastal area.

It's important that we all know the right action to take in an earthquake and tsunami.

How to ShakeOut - Me pēhea te Whakahaumaru​

Taking part in New Zealand ShakeOut is easy and a great way for you and your family (or flatmates) to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and tsunami.

At 1.30pm on Thursday 17 October 2019 - sound your emergency alarm, blow a whistle, shout "earthquake drill" or however you want to do it  and then have everyone:

Do the Drop, Cover and Hold drill for 30–60 seconds:
  • 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.
While you are doing the drill, imagine that it is real and what might be happening around you. Think about what you might need to do before a real earthquake happens to help protect yourself.

Sign-up to take part.

You can sign-up as an:
  • Individual, business, school or other organisation. 
  • Please encourage others to get involved, 
  • Practise the Drop, Cover and Hold and 
  • Walk your tsunami evacuation route if in a coastal area.

If you have any questions or queries, please email:

Page reviewed: 10 Oct 2019 11:01am