Are you ready for the big shake?
Over 2000 people in the Matamata-Piako District are getting ready for the big ShakeOut. Are you?
Can you say with 100% certainty you, your family or people in your organisation know what to do in the event of an earthquake and/or tsunami? If not, then the Shake Out is the perfect way to get ready.
The national ShakeOut, held 18 October 2018, is held across the country to remind people of the right action to take during an earthquake - drop, cover and hold - and to practise a tsunami hīkoi (evacuation) if in a coastal area.
The first New Zealand ShakeOut was held in 2012, and again in 2015.
Already 2,844 people from within Matamata-Piako have joined the 600,000 people from around the country who are preparing to take part this year. Matamata-Piako Mayor Jan Barnes said while she was thrilled to see so many people registered, she would love to see the registrations rise.
"We aren't out of harms way here in Matamata-Piako - and it would be a great comfort to know our community knows how to respond if an earthquake hit. We can't predict these things, but we can prepare, so register, it takes only a few moments. It would be great if our whole district participated."
Mayor Jan said the ShakeOut is also a timely reminder for parents to contact schools and ask what their emergency plan is. There are no guarantees your children will be with you in an earthquake. If you work in a different town to where your children go to school, you may not be able to get to them quickly.
"Do you know the closest evacuation centre your child's school will go to following an emergency?" said Jan. "These are all important things to know."
The Shake Out is scheduled for 9am, 18 October. It's not only about what to do in an earthquake, but also how to prepare and what to do afterwards.
Getting prepared can include securing heavy furniture to the wall, assemble or update your getaway quick kit and create a household/organisation emergency plan. During the drill, blow a whistle to indicate the shake has started and drop - cover - hold for up to one minute. Following the drill, discuss what you learned and make any necessary changes to your household, school or organisation evacuation plan.
Register and get ready.