Earthquake Preparedness

Personal Preparedness Plan

cira 1994? typed in March 1996

Emergency Family Information

Complete form, photocopy and to be carried by each family member at all times

Medical No:_________________________________
Medical Alert:_______________________________

  1. Dad's Work:

  2. Mom's Work:

  3. Children's School(s):

  4. Out-of-area Contact:
    1. Relatives:

    2. Friends:

  5. Our Evacuation Plan:
    1. Route:

    2. Friends:

  6. Medication Notes; (Have at least a 5 day supply and infant supplies)

  7. Our Communication Plan:
    1. Remember that pay telephones are treated as emergency telephones.
    2. If we are at separate places when an emergency (earthquake, etc.) happens and if we cannot get home and the regular area private home telephones are not working, we agree to leave messages with and contact each other through:
      1. ________________________________ if this doesn't work out then we use
      2. ________________________________

Emergency Evacuation Note

Please post this note in a spot that is clearly visible to any member of your family returning home after you have been evacuated in a n emergency such as an earthquake or fire.

Date:______________________________ Time:_______________________________

Dear __________________________________________________
We are ok. We have been evacuated to the following locations:

List nearby evacuation areas with check boxes

Please come and join us.
Signed __________________________________________________

Personal Earthquake Preparedness Kit

A Kit for an adult should include the following things

This kit is very compact and can be carried in the bottom of a backpack. It should provide needed supplies for the first 72 hours.

The child's kit would be similar to the above but it would exclude the following

Emergency Planning for your Pet

Advance planning is essential - it could save your pet's life and make yours much easier during an emergency.

  1. Acquire a pet carrier (portable kennel) or crate for each house pet and familiarize pet with the portable kennel.
  2. Be sure your pet's vaccinations and records are up to date.
  3. Have a leash and properly fitting collar with current license (ID) and vaccinations.
  4. Determine in you r home the best location to place your pets during an emergency. Site should be away from windows and in a utility area, bathroom, kitchen or easily cleaned area.
  5. Acquire ample supplies of dry type (less palatable) pet food and kitty litter.
  6. Acquire plenty of newspaper, plastic bags, cleanser and disinfectants to properly handle pet wastes.
  7. Have non spill water and food bowls.
  8. Have a week's supply of any medications that your pet is taking.
  9. Have photographs of your pets so as to aid in the identification of your pet, should it stray during an emergency.
  10. A blanket or towels should be a part of your Pet Emergency Kit.
  11. basic first aid kit
  1. Birds must east daily to survive. Use special food dispensers if you must leave them behind.
  2. Never leave a cat with a dog even if the two are normally friendly
  3. Confine and keep small pets (birds, hamsters, etc.) away from cats and dogs.
  4. Provide access to high places, such as counter tops, in case flooding occurs.
  5. Difficult or dangerous animals should be left in special crates or cages to reduce the possibility of them getting loose.
from British Columbia Veterinary Medical Association

Remember, that your pet is not a wild animal that can fend for itself, its only resource is you.

Where possible keep your animal with you. A confused pet may behave abnormally. Indeed, animals have been known to predict earthquakes. You can expect your companion to be unusually nervous, sensitive to sounds and external stimuli. Your voice and act ions should project reassurance and calm.

If you must leave your pet in the house, fill the bathtubs and sinks with cool water, and leave out plenty of food in an accessible area. An animal left in a car must have adequate water, shade and ventilation.