While earthquakes aren’t extremely common here, they aren’t exactly rare either. Nearly 25 earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater have struck Nevada since the 1840s. There are over 1,500 potential earthquake faults in the state and it really isn’t a matter of if but when a larger earthquake will strike. That’s why it is important to be knowledgeable about earthquake safety and have a plan!
Follow these tips to keep your pets safe during an earthquake.
Remember to DROP, COVER and HOLD ON during an earthquake:
DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!),
Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table, and
HOLD ON to your shelter until the shaking stops.
If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move
if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not move to another location or outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl.
If you’re in bed:
Hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
If you’re outdoors:
Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards.
If you’re driving:
Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over.
If you’re in a stadium or theater:
Stay at your seat or drop to the floor between rows and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over.
If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold On:
If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your own, get as low as possible, protect our head and neck, and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you. If you’re in a wheelchair, lock your wheels and remain seated until the shaking stops. Get more tips.