Hundreds of staff at Hamilton City Council have today taken part in the national ShakeOut earthquake preparedness exercise.
Whether at their desks, elsewhere in council buildings or working outside, participants were due to follow such actions as “drop, cover, hold” – getting down, taking cover and holding on to their shelter to help protect themselves from harm.
An internal council campaign before the big day also encouraged staff to think about what they would do if away from their desks doing things like riding in a lift or working outside.
“It was great to have so many staff taking part and thinking about what they needed to do regardless of where they found themselves,” said the Council’s Civil Defence Controller Kelvin Powell.
“ShakeOut is an excellent way of raising awareness of earthquake risks and what to do in a big shake and council staff have responded well.”
We encourage people to make a plan in the case of an emergency.