Are you prepared for an earthquake? Would you know what to do?
Ashburton residents and organisations are invited to sign up for New Zealand ShakeOut and find out what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
New Zealand ShakeOut's national earthquake drill will take place at 9.15am on 15 October 2015. 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.
"This is a great opportunity to check your earthquake preparedness plans," Ashburton District Council's 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 in October."
Everyone in New Zealand can take part and the goal is for at least 1.5 million people to join in. We 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.
More than 1800 organisations and individuals have already registered in the Ashburton District, including the Council, schools, preschools, businesses and health providers.
"We're delighted at how people are responding so far," Mr Geddes said. "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. It is most important that residents, who have moved here since the Canterbury quakes, check their knowledge of what to do in an earthquake."