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Get ShakeOut ready this week

Published: 14 October 2019

New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi (a communal walk), is taking place on Thursday 17 October at 1.30pm

The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management is encouraging all schools, businesses and households to sign up, conduct a Drop, Cover and Hold drill, and plan a tsunami hīkoi if they are in a coastal area.

All of New Zealand is at risk of earthquakes and all of our coastlines are at risk of a tsunami. We can’t predict when they will happen, but we can protect ourselves and those we care about. Last year more than 800,000 people took part, mostly from schools, preschools and tertiary organisations.

This year more than 700,000 people have already registered across New Zealand, with more than 700 businesses, schools and organisations in the Auckland region set to participate in the drill.

Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime and without warning. ShakeOut is an opportunity for everyone to think about their preparedness and have a conversation with family and friends about what to do in an emergency and how to stay informed.

If you have not done so yet you can still register yourself and your workplace/organisation at

Sign up for alerts

In the event of an emergency, Auckland Emergency Management will communicate to the public about what to do and where to go. This will typically be done via social media, news media and radio station broadcasting.

Emergency Mobile Alert is a way of receiving information about emergencies in your area.

Emergency Mobile Alert is broadcasted to all capable phones and doesn’t require you to download an app or subscribe to a service.

To check if your phone is capable to receive these alerts visit the Get Ready website.


Acoustic testing of Orewa tsunami sirens

UPDATE: Auckland Emergency Management advises that the rescheduled sound test for the Orewa Tsunami sirens will take place on Monday 23 November. The sirens will be activated three times between 12pm and 12.15pm. This is just a test and the public is not required to take any action.

Get ready to drop, cover and hold during national ShakeOut

New Zealand ShakeOut, our national earthquake drill and tsunami hīkoi, is taking place at 9.30am on Thursday 15 October 2020.