ShakeOut is held across the world to remind people what to do during an earthquake — Drop, Cover and Hold — and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation walk) if in a tsunami evacuation zone.
This year, New Zealand ShakeOut will take place on Thursday 27 October at 9:30am.
If you’re in Hawke’s Bay and take part in ShakeOut you can send in your photos and be in to win a prize for yourself or your organisation.
HBCDEM is giving away 200-litre rainwater tanks in each Hawke’s Bay district – Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, and Central Hawke’s Bay – to encourage people to practise their Drop, Cover and Hold and tsunami hīkoi. The tanks come complete with all fittings and normally retail for about $250.
HBCDEM Community Engagement Team Leader Jae Whelan said the Group wanted as many Hawke’s Bay people as possible to participate in ShakeOut.
“Hawke’s Bay residents can enter the competition by signing up and taking part in ShakeOut, then sending us their photos of the drill,” Jae Whelan said.
“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,” Jae Whelan said.
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.
Jae Whelan said earthquakes could happen at any time and knowing the right action to take saves lives.
“Here in Hawke’s Bay, we 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,” Jae Whelan said.
“Because of this, everyone in the Bay should know how 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,” Jae Whelan said.
So far, a total of 530,000 people around New Zealand have signed up to Drop, Cover and Hold, with 17,500 Hawke’s Bay residents currently registered.
To take part in ShakeOut and enter the competition:
Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group reserves the right to use the provided images in promotional materials, including on social media.
New Zealand ShakeOut is a partnership between The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and EQC.
6 October 2022
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