Hospitals join forces for Shakeout

19:30, Sep 11 2012
Tokoroa and Taumarunui Shakeout committee
SHAKEDOWN:: Staff from Taumarunui and Tokoroa hospitals prepare for the big Shakeout. From left, Stacey Cheer, Nora Creigh-Smith, Corynne Boyle, Rochelle Walker, Dee McElroy, John Ingham, Glynis Fuller, Laura Thrupp and Shaun Carlton.

When the country stops to ''drop, cover and hold'' later this month, staff at Tokoroa and Taumarunui hospitals will do the same.

The two hospitals are taking part in the Shakeout earthquake drill  on Wednesday, September 26 at 9.26am.

The campaign is part of Civil Defence's aim to see more New Zealanders prepared for a disaster at home, work and school and it hopes to have one million people join in the drill.

Waikato District Health Board says their emergency planning team as well as representatives from Tokoroa and Taumaurunui hospitals intend to participate in the drill.

Tokoroa and Taumarunui Shakeout committee chairman John Ingham said patients and visitors would be advised what was happening well before the 9.26am drill took place.