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More than one million New Zealanders are registered to drop to their knees, cover their heads and hold on through the nation’s national earthquake drill.

As part of this year’s Big Shakeout Waikato District Health Board is encouraging everyone to register for the drill.

On October 15 at 9:15am people are encouraged to post a selfie or video of themselves or their work mates Drop, Cover and Holding using #showusyourshakeout for the chance to win an iPad mini.

Waikato District Health Board emergency management planning manager Trevor Ecclestone said it’s important to know what to do in an emergency situation.

“When these events happen it is better for your department, you and your family to have planned your response. Planning is most valuable when everyone understands and knows the right actions to take. When an “Event occurs” – you won’t have time to read your plan,” he said.

Ecclestone said there are several fault lines already identified within the Waikato DHB catchment, and given the area is bordered by the east and west coast it is susceptible to tsunamis.

“Everyone should not only do the drill but also take the time to discuss and review their emergency plans and to talk about their personal preparedness plans and equipment with people at home, work or school.”

The target is to have at least 1.5 million New Zealanders signed up for the ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’ drill.

Sign up to take part of Big Shake Out, it only takes two minutes.

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