ShakeOut 2015 a success for Ashburton


More than 6600 people dropped, took cover and held on in Ashburton this morning as part of New Zealand's national earthquake drill.

At 9.15am, individuals, businesses, schools and organisations practised the Drop, Cover and Hold action for ShakeOut 2015. Coordinated by Civil Defence, the event was a chance for people to practise the right action to take during an earthquake and to review their emergency plans and preparations.

Emergency Management Officer Don Geddes said he was pleased with the number of people who signed up in Ashburton. "That's a great turnout for the district and a few hundred more than we had in 2012, which was the last time New Zealand took part," he said.
Around the country, 1.3 million people participated in ShakeOut - an annual event that is held in many other countries, including Canada and Japan.

Drop, Cover and Hold

If you are inside a building, move no more than a few steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold:
  • DROP to the ground
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.

Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit.

If you are outside, move away from buildings, trees, streetlights and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold. Stay there until the shaking stops.

If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.

Page reviewed: 20 Oct 2015 4:31pm