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Aga Khan Development Network ShakeOut

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) ShakeOut is a multi-country earthquake drill spanning over 20 countries designed to educate people on how to protect themselves during an earthquake, and how to get prepared.

For further information and details on how to get involved in the AKDN ShakeOut, please contact



people are currently registered to participate in this year's Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills

750,000 are AKDN participants, from many countries (see below)

Participants practice
Drop, Cover and Hold On,” considered by emergency management experts and preparedness organizations as the appropriate action to reduce injury and loss of life during an earthquake.

Locations and Resources

Pre-Primary school children practice
the earthquake drill, India, 2015

School children learn about
earthquake safety, Tajikistan, 2015

The AKDN has been participating in the drill since 2011 – an initiative conceived as part of AKDN's collaboration with California's Office of Emergency Services under the Agreement of Cooperation between the Ismaili Imamat and the State of California.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) manages the AKDN ShakeOut drill, which took place in 20 countries last year. More than 470,000 people, including AKDN staff, volunteers, students, organizations, community members, men and women participated in the 2015 AKDN ShakeOut drill. The Drop, Cover and Hold On! method provides simple yet effective steps that can save lives and reduce injury in the event of an earthquake.

AKDN ShakeOut Dates by Country

Afghanistan20 October
Angola21 October
Australia21 October
Bangladesh15 - 30 October
Bahrain20 October
CanadaOct & Nov
India15 - 30 October
Iran20 October
Kenya20 October
Kyrgyzstan21 October
New Zealand21 October
Pakistan20 October
Papua New Guinea21 October
Switzerland20 October
Qatar20 October
Tajikistan20 October
United Arab Emirates20 October
United States16 October

AKDN ShakeOut Posters (click to download PDF)

Picture of students under desks
Students learn the Drop, Cover and
Hold On
method, Angola, 2014
Picture of students looking at ShakeOut presentation
Earthquake and emergency
preparedness workshop, Portugal, 2014
Picture of students learning about earthquake safety
Students learn about earthquake safety,
India, 2012

AKDN ShakeOut briefing, Afghanistan, 2013

Students take cover under their desks,
Kyrgyzstan 2013

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)
The Aga Khan Development Network is a group of private, international, non-denominational agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in specific regions of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and the promotion of private-sector enterprise. Together they collaborate in working towards a common goal – to build institutions and programs that can respond to the challenges of social, economic and cultural change on an ongoing basis.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS)
Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) is an international crisis response and disaster risk management agency. FOCUS provides emergency relief to communities suffering from natural disasters or man-made crises. FOCUS implements disaster risk reduction programmes in areas vulnerable to natural hazards and engages in resettlement and reintegration programmes for populations displaced by civil instability or conflict.

It was founded by the Ismaili Muslim community in Canada in 1994 and today has offices in Europe, Central and South Asia and North America. FOCUS is an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). FOCUS provides disaster risk management programs and emergency humanitarian relief to vulnerable communities primarily in the developing world and endeavors to build local community capacity and foster an enhanced state of disaster resilience. For more information please visit

For further information and details on how to get involved in the AKDN ShakeOut, please contact:

©2019 SCEC Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!