Asistel in English
When making preparations for yourself and your family for a major earthquake, remember to also make necessary preparations for your pets.
Store enough food and water to last for at least three days. Prepare a shelter or evacuation kit for your pet, including a current photo of the animal, an unbreakable dish, veterinarian records, a leash or pet carrier, medication with instructions, paper towels and a few favorite toys. Keep your pet’s ID tag up-to-date. Arrange for a neighbor to take care of your pet if you are not able to get home after an earthquake.
During an earthquake, do not try to hold onto your pet. Animals will instinctively protect themselves and hide where they’re safe. If you get in their way, even the nicest pets can turn on you.
Be patient with your pets after a quake. They get stressed just like people and need time to readjust. They may disappear for some time, but they generally show up again when things have calmed down.
If you have outdoor pets, you should keep them indoors until the aftershocks have subsided and they have calmed down.
If you must evacuate your home, you may not be able to bring pets to evacuation centers. Leave your pet secured in a safe place. Be sure to leave plenty of clean water and food. If possible, visit your pet daily until you can return home.
A message from the University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Office of Emergency Services.