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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 and



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

During 2021, in total 1,834,734 individuals participated online and in-person in the AKDN ShakeOut Drill.

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

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.

AKDN Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) manages the AKDN ShakeOut drill. AKAH coordinates the drill in all AKAH target countries (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Syria, and Tajikistan). FOCUS manages the AKDN ShakeOut drill in all other non-AKAH areas. More than 1.8 million people including AKDN staff, volunteers, students, organizations, community members, men and women participated in the 2021 AKDN ShakeOut drill. The Drop, Cover and Hold On (DCHo) method provides simple yet effective steps that can save lives and reduce injury in the event of an earthquake.

AKDN ShakeOut Posters (click to download PDFs by page or all pages)

Picture of preschool children learning Drop, Cover and Hold On
Pre-Primary school children learn
Drop, Cover, and Hold On, India, 2021

Picture of ShakeOut presentation
AKFC ShakeOut presentation, Canada, 2021
Picture of outdoor earthquake drill
Outside Drop, Cover and Hold On
practice, Pakistan, 2021
Picture of online orientation session about the ShakeOut
ShakeOut orientation session for
teachers, Afghanistan, 2021

Students take cover under their desks,
India, 2021

AKAH Drop, Cover, and
Hold On
practice, Tajikistan, 2021

ShakeOut orientation session for
teachers, Afghanistan, 2021

ShakeOut Participation Award,
November 2021

2021 ShakeOut Winner -
awarded for highest participation
Outside Drop, Cover, and Hold On practice
Drop, Cover, and Hold On practice in one
of the non-AKDN sites, Pakistan, 2021

Pre-primary school children learn the
Drop, Cover, and Hold On method, Syria, 2021

Drop, Cover, and Hold On practice
for elderly people, Kenya, 2021

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.

Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH)
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s (AKAH) goal is that people live in safe, sustainable, and resilient habitats with the opportunity to thrive, whether in a remote mountain village, a town, or a densely populated urban centre. It works with communities to help them prepare for and respond to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. AKAH also works to expand access to services and opportunity for people to improve their life. AKAH helps communities prepare for the worst; provides immediate relief after disaster strikes; and helps build back better -- and greener -- while planning for a better future. AKAH currently operates in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Syria, and Tajikistan, with plans to expand further in Central Asia as well as East Africa.

Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS)
Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) is an international crisis response and emergency management agency. FOCUS provides emergency relief to communities suffering from natural and 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 and conflict. FOCUS was founded by the Ismaili Muslim community in Canada in 1994 and today has offices in Europe 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.

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