Otago Polytechnic

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

We can’t predict an earthquake, but we can be prepared by practicing what we do.

So, wherever you are on Thursday 17 October at 1.30pm, join the rest of the country and drop, cover and hold for Aotearoa’s ShakeOut – our national earthquake drill.

At 1.30pm an alarm will sound across our Dunedin Campus, including Cumberland Street. Drop, cover and hold until the alarm sounds again about thirty seconds later.


How to drop, cover and hold

  • DROP down on your hands and knees. This protects you from falling but lets you move if you need to.
  • COVER your head and neck (or your entire body if possible) under a sturdy table or desk (if it is within a few steps of you).
  • HOLD on to your shelter (or your position to protect your head and neck) until the shaking stops. If the shaking shifts your shelter around, move with it.

While you are doing the drill, imagine that it is real and what might be happening around you. Think about what you might need to do before a real earthquake happens to help protect yourself.

That’s all you have to do!

(Please note: In the unlikely event that the fire alarm sounds continuously, rather than to indicate the beginning and the end of the drill only, that will become an actual evacuation.)

For more information

Watch the ShakeOut video (English)

Watch the ShakeOut video (Te Reo M¯aori)

Visit the ShakeOut website