In an earthquake Drop, Cover and HoldPractise Drop, Cover and Hold

International experts know you reduce your chance of injury if you Drop, Cover and Hold during an earthquake.

Most injuries during earthquakes are caused by furniture and building fittings around you rather than collapsing buildings.

In an earthquake: 

Indoors - Stay indoors until the shaking stops and it is safe to exit.

In a tall building - don’t rush outside just because the fire alarms go off.

Outdoors -move away from buildings, trees, and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold until the shaking stops.

On a busy city street - Don’t stay on the footpath as things might fall on you from the buildings around you. Quickly move into a building, then Drop, Cover and Hold

If you are unable to Drop, Cover and Hold, brace yourself as best you can, and try to find a way to protect your head and neck.

Know your Tsunami Zone

If you’re near the coast during an earthquake and it’s either Long or Strong, get Gone!

The only tsunami warning you will receive is the earthquake itself.

Know your tsunami zoneA tsunami could be coming even if you can’t see it. Tsunami are multiple waves that will keep coming for many hours. The first wave may not be the biggest.

Stay out of the evacuation zones until officials say you can go back in.

Wait for the all-clear before going into the water after a tsunami event.

Find out if the places you live, work, or play, are in a tsunami zone and where you need to go to be safe
See the Wellington Region's tsunami zone maps

Talk with neighbours about how everyone can get to safety – some may need extra help.

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