ShakeOut 2022

Published on 20 October 2022


The New Zealand ShakeOut is our yearly national earthquake drill and tsunami hĪkoi. It is taking place on Thursday 27 October 2022 at 9.30am and we want to encourage homes, businesses, schools, and community groups to get involved.

The aim of the ShakeOut is to remind people and help tamariki learn about the correct action to take during an earthquake: Drop, Cover and Hold. The tsunami hikoi (evacuation walk) is also encouraged for those communities living in a coastal area.

Emergency Management Otago Emergency Management Advisor, Waitaki District, Ewen Graham said, “The Waitaki region covers a large geographical area.  From just East of the Southern divide and the Alpine Fault. To a large area that is coastal. Now is the time to practise the correct actions to take during an earthquake or tsunami event.”

The National Emergency Management Agency is also giving away prizes to those who register, all you need to do is head to the website and register. The drill is self-run, and you can start it in whichever way suits you – using a bell, yelling EARTHQUAKE DRILL. Alternatively, you can tune in to the Facebook livestream.

Emergency Management Otago Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, Erica Andrews said, “It is important to remind our tamariki (and ourselves!) that we should Drop, Cover and Hold during an earthquake and if you are near the coast following a Long or Strong earthquake then Get Gone, move inland or to the nearest high ground immediately.”

After the ShakeOut drill and tsunami hīkoi, it is encouraged to talk about what you experienced and learned with family, workmates, flatmates, and friends and make the appropriate changes or add to your emergency plan.

Waitaki District Council Chief Executive, Alex Parmley said, “Waitaki District Council has signed up for ShakeOut 2022 and will be participating on 27 October. This regular event is a good reminder for what to do in an earthquake or tsunami be it at home, work or anywhere in the community.”

Register for the ShakeOut and tsunami hikoi here:

New Zealand ShakeOut — Get Ready — Emergency preparedness in New Zealand