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Shakeout- be prepared


New Zealand ShakeOut 2022 is scheduled for next Thursday with registrations now open.

ShakeOut is an international earthquake drill and tsunami hikoi that aims to remind people what to do in case of an emergency.

So far, around 19,000 people in Hawke’s Bay have registered to participate, with more than 550,000 total registrations around the country.

The Wairoa District Council and Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management are encouraging organisations and individuals to register and take part in the event.

This year, New Zealand ShakeOut will take place on Thursday 27 October at 9:30am. Wherever you are on that date and at that time, drop, cover, and hold for one minute. Then, if you are in a tsunami zone move inland or to higher ground, to an area zoned safe from a tsunami. You can

check our tsunami zones at

Hawke’s Bay residents can also send photos of their participation in Shakeout and be in to win a prize for your organisation.

There are three categories to enter – individuals and families; businesses and organisations; and schools and education providers.  The winning entry in each category for each district is a 200-litre Rainbutt water tank, complete with fittings and worth around $250 each.
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the first national ShakeOut. Over the last decade, the Drop, Cover and Hold drill has been practised millions of times by New Zealanders across Aotearoa. Last year, around 665,000 Kiwis took part.
Wairoa District Council Chief Executive Kitea Tipuna said earthquakes could happen at any time and knowing the right action to take saves lives.
“We're a coastal region and are at risk of earthquake and tsunami because we live in one of the country’s most seismically active regions, due to our proximity to the Hikurangi Subduction Zone - Aotearoa’s largest and most active fault.

“Because of this, everyone needs to be prepared and know what to do to keep themselves safe in an earthquake.
 “Taking part in ShakeOut is a great way for everyone in your whānau, workplace or school to learn the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake and tsunami.
“ShakeOut is also a great time to check your household emergency supplies, update and review your household emergency plan, and quake-safe your home, classroom or workplace.

“It is important to know ahead of time what you would do and where you need to go, in the event of a large earthquake that triggers a tsunami along our coast. Our advice is that if an earthquake is long or strong, get gone.”

To take part in ShakeOut and enter the competition head online and sign up to Shakeout, it only takes a couple of minutes. Take part in the ShakeOut drill and send your photos to by 5pm Friday, 28 October with the name of the category you’re entering (individuals/families; businesses/organisations; or schools/education providers) and the district you are from.

19 October 2022

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