Still time to sign up for ShakeOut 2015

Ashburton residents and organisations still have time to sign up for New Zealand ShakeOut and find out what to do before, during and after an earthquake.

ShakeOut is a national earthquake drill that will take place at 9.15am tomorrow. The event, which is co-ordinated by Civil Defence, is a chance for everyone to practise the right action to take during an earthquake – Drop, Cover and Hold.

More than 6000 individuals and organisations have already registered in the Ashburton District, including the Council, schools, preschools, businesses and health providers.

Emergency Management Officer Don Geddes said, "The more people involved, the better – you can help us spread the word by letting your friends, family and colleagues know this is coming up."

Everyone in New Zealand can take part and the goal is for at least 1.5 million people to join. New Zealand will be the first country in the world to participate in ShakeOut 2015, which is held annually in many other countries, including Canada and Japan.

"Many people in this region will already know what to do in an earthquake, but it's still a very good opportunity to review your plans and preparations," Mr Geddes said.

There's still time to get involved with ShakeOut - simply register at shakeout.govt.nz, where you will also find plenty of information about the drill.

To make sure you know what to do before, during and after an earthquake, visit the Get Ready Get Thru website.

Page reviewed: 02 Mar 2016 12:32pm