Due to its location and environment, New Zealand faces many potential disasters. In some cases, such as a weather related or volcanic disaster, there may be time for a warning.
But an earthquake or a tsunami close to land could strike without warning.
All disasters have the potential to cause disruption, damage property and take lives. So it's vital that you prepare now.
The ShakeOut will occur at 9.26am on Wednesday, 26th September 2012.
Click here to find out more.