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On November 14th, we practiced getting to where we needed to go if an earthquake is LONG or STRONG

Everyone who lives, works or plays in a tsunami evacuation zone needs to know the right actions to take if they feel a long or strong earthquake. #TsuanmiWalkOut was an opportunity to plan and PRACTICE your tsunami evacuation routes. The guidance is get past the Blue Lines if you have them, or get out of ALL zones.
Get to you know your tsunami evacuation zones

#TsunamiWalkOut for home

For people living in a tsunami zone, we recommended practicing walking out with family. That way you'll all know where to go and where you could meet if there was tsunami. The suggestion was to take a family walk after dinner! Pictures were shared on social media with the hashtag #TsunamiWalkOut

It was also a reminder for those who live outside the zones to think about when they might be in the zones (during their commute, talking the dogs for a walk), and how you evacuate if there is a tsunami. If you live outside the zones you can be a safe place for friends and family who have to evacuate from the inside the zones. 

Think about what you have done since the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake to make your self more prepared. 

Not sure where to start? Our Earthquake Planning Guide outlines the things you can do to prepare your household and community get through
Start with what you can do right now

#TsunamiWalkOut for schools and early childhood education centres

We encouraged schools or centres based in a tsunami zone to take part in the 14 November drill, where the schools evacuate the tsunami zones to their nearest safe location. Some schools also took the opportunity to run reunification drills from the off-site evacuation point! 

It was a good opportunity to remind parents and caregivers of where they should meet their children if a tsunami evacuation occurs (reminding them not to go into the tsunami evacuation zones).

If your school or centre is not in an evacuation zone, are you able to help a nearby school or centre in the zones by being the place they evacuate to?

Think about what you have done since 14 November 2016 to make your school/early childhood education centre more prepared. 

Whether you are in a tsunami evacuation zone or not, we encourage you to use the anniversary of the November 14th Kaikoura quake to promote what have your school or centre has done since last November to improve your resilience. Have you updated plans, had earthquake strengthening done on your buildings, done drills? Have your staff attended WREMO’s emergency planning workshops? Tell your community about the good work that you have done to help keep their children safe.

If you would like to help the families of your children get prepared, we have copies of our Earthquake Planning Guide available - it makes great homework for the parents!
Contact WREMO for copies of the guide 

#TsunamiWalkOut for businesses

We’re encouraged all organisations with facilities in the evacuation zones to practice their tsunami evacuation drills on Tuesday, November 14th. We recommended 12:02pm to make it something of a lunchtime activity! 

Think about what you have done since the Kaikoura earthquakes to make your business more prepared. 

Talk about how the 14 November 2016  event affected your organisation or workplace; understanding that this wasn’t our event and that we can do more to prepare.

Highlight to your staff and clients all the activities of your organisation in the past year that have improved resilience – infrastructure and building improvements, business continuity planning, training etc.  Celebrate that you have done something to make a difference, and encourage them to do the same at home.


Get to know your tsunami zone

See the online tsunami evacuation zones map

You can also find a pdf map that can printed off, should you need to view it later