Be prepared with ShakeOut

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3/10/2019 12:00:00 a.m.

3 October 2019

 

The Ministry of Civil Defence’s national earthquake drill ShakeOut, is happening on Thursday 17 October at 1:30pm.

The 2.5 magnitude earthquake that occurred at 3:59am yesterday morning is a reminder about the importance of being prepared for Civil Defence emergencies.

Practicing the drill once a year is proven to reduce the chances of being injured in an earthquake and Rotorua Lakes Council is encouraging you and your school, business or organisation to take part.

Your school, business or organisation can sign up at getready.govt.nz/involved/shakeout.

Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group (BOPCDEMG) is running competitions to encourage schools to take part.

To encourage primary schools to take part, BOPCDEMG is offering a luxury emergency kit to the teacher who organises the most realistic drill. To enter simply:

  1. Ensure your school is signed up at getready.govt.nz/involved/shakeout.
  2. Send a video of you school/class conducting the drill.
    1. You can email the video to emergencymanagement@embop.govt.nz
    2. Or tag their Facebook page (facebook.com/BOPCivilDefence/)

To encourage intermediate and secondary schools to take part, BOPCDEMG is offering a luxury emergency kit to the students who organises the most realistic drill. To enter simply:

  1. Ensure your school is signed up at getready.govt.nz/involved/shakeout.
  2. Send a video of you school/class conducting the drill.
    1. You can email the video to emergencymanagement@embop.govt.nz
    2. Or tag their Facebook page (facebook.com/BOPCivilDefence/)

If you are a business who would like to offer assistance by creating a ShakeOut display, participating in the ShakeOut drill, or offering sponsorship in prizes for the local schools who are taking part, contact emergencymagament@rotorualc.nz .

 

Tips on how to run the drill within your organisation

Raise awareness

An effective way to raise awareness about the drill is to run a relevant competition in the build up to the drill. A quiz is a useful way to test the knowledge of your students, staff or colleagues.

  1. What should you do if you feel an earthquake?  Drop, cover and hold. video
  2. Why is New Zealand so susceptible to earthquakes? Due to its proximity to the plate boundary between the Pacific and Australian tectonic plates.
  3. What should you do if you are driving and feel an earthquake? Carefully pull over to the side of the road and listen to your radio. video
  4. When you are near the coast what should you do after an earthquake? Drop, cover and hold. Then evacuate in land or to high ground. video
  5. What are the natural warning signs of a tsunami?
    1. A long or strong earthquake.
    2. A sudden rise or fall in sea level.
    3. Unusual sounds (like a jet plane) coming from the ocean.
  6. What should you do if you feel an earthquake in bed? Stay in bed and cover you head with a pillow.
  7. If you are in a wheelchair, what should you do in an earthquake?

 

How to organise the drill

  1. Assign building/office coordinators. Brief them on the date and timings.
  2. Provide them with resources to run the drill. This audio clip can be played through a portable speaker or PA system.
  3. Send a reminder to employees in the build up to the drill.
  4. Get building coordinators to send in videos of people conducting the drill.

 

Doing the drill

There are lots of ways to start the drill, play the announcement recording over your PA system, blow a whistle, shout ‘earthquake drill!’ or watch official videos.

  1. Do the Drop, Cover and Hold drill for 30–60 seconds:
  2. DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

If you have any questions or would like to know more, visit https://getready.govt.nz/involved/shakeout or contact emergencymagament@rotorualc.nz

 

 

Page reviewed: 03 Oct 2019 12:00am