In Wake Of Baja California Quake, Pet Preparedness Is Key
More than 100 aftershocks have been measured in the area of Baja California where a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook buildings and destroyed the downtown area of Mexicali on Easter Sunday afternoon.
The quake, which struck at 3:41 p.m., was felt as a gentle, rolling quake as far north as Santa Barbara, and several Santa Clarita residents reported feeling the temblor as well.
While Cal Tech earthquake experts say that the number of aftershocks are normal, the probability of an major earthquake hitting populated areas along the San Andreas Fault is still very high and will happen within the next 28 years.
Experts also say that being prepared is the best way to survive a quake, and is essential for keeping your family and community functioning.
When disasters strike, many families prepare kits for themselves, but what about those other family members who can't prepare? Animals may need the most attention in a disaster because of their inability to find food and their dependency on their masters.
Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control (LACAC) offers tips on how families can prepare for their furry friends.
The most important tip they offer is to put together an emergency kit for your pets much like you would for humans.
The kit should include; a 3-day supply of food and medication, dishes, bags to clean up animal waste, collars and ID tags, leashes (for cats too), favorite toys, and important information like photos and vaccination information.
Here are some tips for pets other than cats and dogs:
Birds- transport in secure cage with extra liners, a blanket, and a plant mister for cooling.
Snakes- can be transported in a pillowcase. Be sure to bring heat rocks and soaking bowls.
Fish- put them in a half full ice chest and be sure to bring equipment for water circulation, oxygenation, and heat.
Small Pets- can be transported in their cages but bring extra bedding, food and water bottles.
Horses and other large animals need a little more preparation when disasters strike.
LACAC says that every horse kit should include:
Leads, halters, shanks
3-day supply of feed, water and medication
Bucket for feed and water
Emergency contact list
Blanket or sheet
To see our previous story on how to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster click here.