Are you ready for earthquakes and tsunami? Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (HBCDEM) and Volunteering Hawke’s Bay are driving local registrations for this year’s 28 October ShakeOut drill.
Held across the world, ShakeOut reminds people what to do during an earthquake — Drop, Cover and Hold — and to practise a tsunami hīkoi if in a tsunami evacuation zone, which to be honest, is just about everyone in our neck of the woods. This year, New Zealand ShakeOut is taking place on Thursday 28 October at 9:30am.
Hawke’s Bay is one of the country’s most seismically active regions, and at risk of an earthquake and tsunami, says HBCDEM Community Engagement Team Leader Jae Sutherland.
“Taking part in ShakeOut is a great way for everyone in your whānau, workplace or school to practise what to do. It’s easy to sign up and being prepared for an earthquake can save lives.”
In Hawke’s Bay over 17,000 people have registered for the Drop, Cover and Hold drill, and nearly 5,800 people have signed up for the tsunami hīkoi.
Young people are leading the charge with around 11,000 of the region’s school kids registered. Here’s what you should do.
- Sign up to ShakeOut – it only takes two minutes.
- Make a note of the date and time in your calendar – 9:30am, 28 October 2021. If the date and time don’t work for you, you can ShakeOut any time within two weeks and still be counted.
- Know your tsunami evacuation zone. Make plans for a tsunami hīkoi if you are in an evacuation zone.
- Share the ShakeOut – use these resources to get the people around you involved.