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EQC & Civil Defence ‘ShakeOut’ virtual field trip gets top marks

Last week, 4,700 students joined in online with Waitākiri School’s ‘ShakeOut – Drop, Cover & Hold’ experience in Christchurch.

Over 200 classes nationwide registered to take part in the EQC-sponsored LEARNZ virtual field trip initiative. TV3 and CTV called in and filmed the experience on site at Waitākiri School.

As part of the three-day trip’s aim to improve earthquake preparedness, EQC’s key mitigation messages were reinforced to the students.

Kara from Room 33 commented “I think it went really well, I think it was one of the best drills we’ve done. It was taken quite seriously and everyone was quiet”. Bradley, reporting from Room 32 thought it was good because “no-one was laughing and people didn’t start talking until they got out on the courts.” Very impressive indeed.

The overall take out from ShakeOut for the students was “now we know what to do in an earthquake” – mission accomplished really. Teachers and principals around the country are taking a serious look at just how prepared they are for an emergency situation as a result of the drill.

To see how the day went, here’s a video summary, click here, or to see an overview of the three day course, with access to videos etc, click here.

Andrew the LEARNZ virtual field trip teacher with Civil Defence mascot, Stan the dog.

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