Buller District Council

Buller residents encouraged to sign up for Shakeout

8th October, 2015

Do you know what to do in an earthquake? At 9.15am on Thursday 15 October 2015 New Zealanders will have the chance to practice what they would do in a real earthquake by participating in the national earthquake drill called Shakeout.

So far, almost 1,500 Buller children and residents have signed up to take part in Shakeout. “We would like to encourage all Buller residents and businesses to be part of this important earthquake drill,” comments Buller Mayor, Garry Howard.

“While we all think we know what we will do in an emergency, the reality is that it is good to take part in exercises such as these. That way you are practicing the correct actions and become more confident and prepared for real events” comments Mr Howard.

The advice from experts on what you should do in an earthquake is simple:

  • DROP down on your hands and knees. This position protects you from falling items but allows you to move if necessary.
  • COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk (if it is no more than a few steps away from you). If there is no shelter nearby, get down near an interior wall (or next to low lying furniture that won’t fall on you), and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.
  • HOLD on to your shelter (or position to protect your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.

If you are outside in an earthquake, move a few steps away from buildings, trees, streetlights and powerlines, then drop, cover and hold. If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and stay there with your seatbelt on until the shaking stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and avoid bridged or ramps that might have been damaged.

To register yourself or your business to be part of Shakeout, and for more information visit www.shakeout.govt.nz.

Buller Civil Defence will be using this as a training opportunity, and will be establishing basic training operations at the Emergency Operation Centre.


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