Hawkes Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group

Exercises

New Zealand ShakeOut, was the biggest earthquake drill ever staged in New Zealand.

At 9.26am on Wednesday 26 September [9:26-26:9]*, 46,932 Hawke's Bay people registered to take part, the sun was shining and people at work, home and school all took part in the New Zealand ShakeOut earthquake drill. They practiced "Drop, Cover and Hold"—the right action to take in an earthquake.

The total number of participants for New Zealand ShakeOut 2012 was a whopping 1,340,180, that’s just over 30% of our population! In addition Hawke's Bay had the third highest per capita participation in New Zealand ShakeOut 2012, with 30.34% residents participating. This is an great achievement and we are proud of the the local commitment to earthquake preparedness in Hawke's Bay!

Share 'ShakeOut" Hawke's Bay Photo Competition!
 
We asked families, classmates or work colleagues to take photos doing their Drop, Cover and Hold exercise, and asked them to upload their “Exercise ShakeOut” photos or stories at http://www.shakeout.govt.nz/share/index.html to be in the draw.  Entires closed 8 October and we will let you know the winning details soon. 

Congratulations to: 
  

Hastings District Council, for being registered to participate in ShakeOut before 31 August (The District Council offered their prize back to be redrawn this draw was made on 24 September name drawn was Merv Rigby)

1.Merv Rigby from Napier, for being registered to participate in ShakeOut before 31 August
2.Red Cross Napier Branch, for being registered to participate in ShakeOut before 7 September
3.Kiri Kirk from Waipukurau, for being registered to participate in ShakeOut before 14 September
4.Chris Arrell from Napier, for being registered to participate in ShakeOut before 24 September

These registered participants will receive a Solar powered torch/radio.

1.Jock Hyde from Waipawa, for being registered to participate in ShakeOut before 31 August
2.Sheryl Wills of Taradale who registered for NZ Shakeout at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council stand at the HB Home & Garden Show These participants will receive a Grab‘n’Go individual survival kit. 


Overview
Exercise ShakeOut is a national, multi-agency exercise led by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management and is supported by the 16 CDEM Groups, central government departments, emergency services, lifeline utilities, and other agencies as appropriate.

ShakeOut began in southern California in 2008 as a way of involving the general public in a large-scale emergency management exercise. While the 2008 California ShakeOut was initially conceived as a one-off event, participant demand convinced organisers to develop the ShakeOut into a statewide, annual event.

Part of the appeal of ShakeOut is its simplicity. At a minimum, participants practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold," the recommended procedure for self-protection in an earthquake. Many schools and other organisations also practice additional aspects of their preparedness plans.

ShakeOut New Zealand will be based on the Southern California model and will consist of a series of events culminating in a nationwide ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’ drill on 26 September 2012.

For more information about this exercise led by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, check out these Quick Links:
 
MCDEM'S Exercising in New Zealand 
MCDEM'S National Exercise Programme

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