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ShakeOut earthquake drill

Information for WorkSafe staff

The national ShakeOut earthquake drill is happening on Thursday 17 October, at 1:30pm.  

WorkSafe has registered for the drill so at 1:30pm on Thursday we’ll all drop, cover and hold, practising what to do during an earthquake. 

This annual event is a good opportunity for us all to refresh our knowledge about what actions to take before, during and after an earthquake. 

All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all the coastline is at risk of tsunami. We can’t predict when one will happen, but we can protect ourselves and our family.

Drop, cover and hold is the right action to take during an earthquake. It stops you being knocked over, makes you a smaller target for falling and flying objects and protects your head, neck and vital organs. It’s important to practice the right action to take, so that when a real earthquake happens, we know what to do.

  • DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to.
  • 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).
  • 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.

All staff, contractors, and visitors to our offices should participate in the drill.

Your and your family's safety and wellbeing comes first. Remember, in a major emergency outside of working hours if you haven't heard anything from WorkSafe, stay home and contact your manager to let them know you're ok and where you are. Follow Civil Defence advice. Check this page and our Twitter account for updates.