Local MP encourages earthquake preparedness

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller is encouraging locals to participate in ShakeOut 2015.

“ShakeOut is a Civil Defence initiative designed to help kiwis prepare for an earthquake by practising drop, cover and hold,” says Todd Muller.

 “I am encouraging schools, workplaces and families to sign up before 15 October to take part in the nationwide drill to make the Bay of Plenty the strongest represented region and ensure we are prepared for earthquakes.

“8,584 locals in the Western Bay of Plenty and over 23,000 in Tauranga City have already signed up to practise the drill next month.

Signing up is possible online: http://www.shakeout.govt.nz/howtoparticipate/

New Zealand’s 2012 earthquake drill had the highest participation rate of any country, beating the US, Canada and Japan.

“By signing up on the website kiwis can get information on the right actions to take before, during and after an earthquake. There are also resources for schools, businesses, non-English speakers and people with disabilities.

“Earthquakes can happen anytime and anywhere, it’s important here in the Bay of Plenty we get prepared,” says Todd Muller.

So far over 900,000 people are signed up nationwide. The goal is to have at least 1.5 million people taking part at 9:15am, 15 October 2015.

 

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Media contact: Stefan Slooten (04) 817 9431

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