MSN September 26, 2012 Get ready to stop what you’re doing, clamber under your desk and hold on tight – New Zealand is holding its first ever national earthquake drill on Wednesday morning.
More than 1.2 million people are set to participate in the New Zealand ShakeOut at 9.26am.
Civil Defence wants as many Kiwis as possible to practise the drop, cover and hold drill, which means dropping to the ground when an earthquake hits, taking cover by getting under a sturdy desk or table and holding on until the shaking stops.
People are expected to stay under cover for only about 10 seconds.
In Wellington, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown will take part in a mass drill at Wellington Airport’s main terminal, while in Auckland, the New Zealand Breakers and the Auckland Council will host an event in the inner city.
A number of local community events have also been organised throughout the country, while several radio stations and TV1 will broadcast a civil defence siren to mark the start of the drill.
Director of civil defence emergency management John Hamilton says he wants the ShakeOut to be more than just a one-off drill.