Pets can often sense an earthquake before it happens. Some of the signs could be whining, digging, scratching or showing signs of anxiety or somewhat different behavior than normal. Earthquakes can occur anytime without warning, and preparing oneself and their pets for such an event is essential. As per Ready.gov, higher-risk areas include Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Washington, and the entire Mississippi River Valley. It is crucial to practice earthquake drills with your pets and ensure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake. Keep a whistle in your go-bag, and always keep your pets’ leash handy. We love using a slip lead because you can get it on your pet and get them to safety quickly.
During an earthquake, it is common for pets to become frightened and attempt to flee to safety. Try to stay calm and hold onto their leash tightly, but, if necessary, let them so they can find their own safety. When at home, take cover with your pets, and stay put until the shaking stops. If you are outside, stay away from power lines and buildings. If you are driving, pull over and stop until the earthquake subsides.
In times of emergency, it’s important to have a plan in place for your furry family members. Creating a buddy system with a trusted neighbor can provide peace of mind knowing someone will check on your pets if you’re unable to.
Be sure to have emergency supplies readily available and easily accessible, as well as identify shelters and pet-friendly hotels in the area. Micro-chipping your pet and having a copy of their shot record can also be helpful in case of separation. Make sure to add these items to your pet’s designated emergency kit with other essential items such as food, water, bowls, a first aid kit, and a photo of you with your pet for identification purposes. By taking these steps, you can ensure the safety and well-being of your furry family members during emergencies. For a full list of resources and items for your pet’s emergency kit, we have compiled it in one place, click HERE for all the information
For more information and tips on earthquake preparedness, visit Ready.gov
Staying Safe After an Earthquake
Earthquakes can be terrifying for humans and pets alike. After an earthquake, it’s essential to keep your pets safe and secure. If possible, keep your pets on a leash or in a carrier and next to you at all times. Expect aftershocks to follow the main shock of an earthquake, and be ready to drop, cover, and hold on to your pet if you feel an aftershock. In case you’re trapped, send a text or bang on a pipe or wall, and cover your mouth with your shirt for protection. Never go back into a building until you know it’s safe. If you’re in an area that may experience tsunamis, go inland or to higher ground immediately after the shaking stops. Remember to check yourself to see if you or your pet is hurt and help others if you have training.
By preparing today you could save your pet tomorrow.