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With the help of FOCUS, students learn how to prepare a disaster management plan at school. FOCUS

As institutions of the Aga Khan Development Network and Ismaili communities around the world join in the 2015 international ShakeOut earthquake drill, Focus Humanitarian Assistance is placing special emphasis on disaster preparedness to save lives and limit the impact of calamity.

Students at Queen Elizabeth School in Lisbon watch the FOCUS ShakeOut presentation. JOSÉ CARIA

To the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Focus Humanitarian Assistance in Portugal, delivering earthquake safety education is just as important as responding in the aftermath. On 10 November, the FOCUS team visited Queen Elizabeth School in Lisbon, where they led a ShakeOut earthquake drill.

Students at Queen Elizabeth School in Lisbon watch the FOCUS ShakeOut presentation. JOSÉ CARIA

A FOCUS Community Emergency Response Team visits Queen Elizabeth School in Lisbon on 10 November 2014, where they led 240 students in a ShakeOut earthquake drill.

Be prepared to protect yourself during an earthquake: 1. DROP and make yourself small; 2. Take COVER under a shelter; and 3. HOLD ON until the shaking stops. FOCUS

When an earthquake strikes, there are only seconds to react — knowing how to correctly respond can save your life or prevent major injury.

Students at a school in Kyrgyzstan take cover under their desks during the AKDN ShakeOut earthquake drill.

In October 2013, over 341 000 individuals suddenly stopped what they were doing to Drop, Cover and Hold On! They were taking part in the AKDN ShakeOut – a drill that teaches people around the world how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.

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