On 26 October, an earthquake in the Hindu Kush mountains shook Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although assessment is still underway, the damage seems less severe than originally feared. Still, hundreds were killed and many left homeless at the start of winter. For many, it was a brutal reminder of an even more devastating day ten years earlier. On 8 October 2005, as children made their way to school, the earth shook in northern Pakistan. By the time it stilled, schools, homes and hospitals lay in rubble. The region’s infrastructure was devastated, 73,338 people were dead, and 3.5 million in some of Pakistan’s poorest and most remote areas were affected. The Kashmir Earthquake and this latest warning – if we needed one – taught us a valuable lesson: in a country as prone to natural and manmade disasters as Pakistan, it is essential to invest in prevention so communities are resilient and can withstand shocks. Since 2005, Pakistanis have endured conflict and displacement, drought, flood and yet more earthquakes; and with a changing climate extreme weather events are increasingly frequent. For this reason this edition of our newsletter concentrates on the ways the country has put the lessons of 2005 into practice, and how we can all work together to prevent, prepare for, mitigate and respond to disasters.