Practise your tsunami hīkoi
Save the date for Tsunami Hīkoi Week from 11-17 March 2019 and practice your tsunami evacuation hīkoi if you live or work in a tsunami evacuation zone
Everyone, everywhere should know how to prepare for tsunami and what to do to be safe. It’s important to know what to do if you feel a long or strong earthquake and whether or not you are in a tsunami evacuation zone.
If you are in a tsunami evacuation zone then you need to know your evacuation route or what we like to call your ‘tsunami hīkoi’. A tsunami hīkoi is a walk that takes you along your tsunami evacuation route either inland or towards high ground.
For people living in a tsunami zone, we recommended practising with your family. That way you'll all know where to go and where you could meet if there is tsunami.
It is also a reminder for those who live outside the zones to think about when they might be in the zones (during their commute, taking the dogs for a walk), and how to evacuate if there is a tsunami.
If you live outside the zones you can be a safe place for friends and family who have to evacuate.
We are encouraging schools or early learning services based in a tsunami zone to practise evacuating their tsunami zones to their nearest safe location. You can make your practice during annual Tsunami Hīkoi Week, or the National Earthquake Drill - Shakeout but if you can't practice at those times, find another time during the year and make it an annual practice, just like a fire drill.
Practicing is a good opportunity to remind parents and caregivers of where they should meet their children if a tsunami evacuation occurs (reminding them to meet at the school's offsite evacuation point and not to go into the tsunami evacuation zones).
If your school or centre is not in an evacuation zone, are you able to help a nearby school or centre in the zones by being the place they evacuate to?
We are encouraging all organisations with facilities in evacuation zones to practice their tsunami evacuation walks during Tsunami Week or the National Earthquake Drill - Shakeout but if you can't practice at those times, find another time during the year and make it an annual practice, just like a fire drill . We recommended doing it during lunchtime.