You may have noticed the increasing amount of media coverage around earthquakes. Next Wednesday (26th September) we will be participating in the NZ Shakeout event. This is where over 1 million NZ'ers will be highlighting systems and procedures relating to earthquakes.
At school we want children aware of the systems we have in place for when their is an earthquake, Drop - Cover- HOLD. We will then proceed to the evacuation area and assemble as a school.
To sychronoze the event we will announce "earthquake" over the PA at 9:26am and may also play the civil defence emergency broadcast.
As part of the learning and discussion around this event classes will highlight school and home emergency procedures, aftershocks, revisit Napier & Christchurch's terrible quakes, discuss the civil defense broadcast signal and what are our most likely emergencies at Russell Street. This would be a great opportunity for families to discuss emergency plans at home. Where is your assembly point in an emergency?
With over a million people joining us in the Drop, Cover and Hold drill at 9:26-26:9, we know many participants are keen to tune in to their local radio or TV station to be ‘alerted’ at the drill time.
So far, Newstalk ZB, Classic Hits, Radio Rhema, Radio Live, More FM, and The Breeze radio stations throughout the country and TVNZ's Good Morning show will broadcast the civil defence "sting" at 9:26am on 26 September – and we are working with other networks to have them join in too!