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Prepare Your Pet Bird For An Earthquake

Practice earthquake drills with your pet bird and create a disaster kit.

By Nikki Moustaki

1) Hold earthquake drills with your family and have a plan. Include your pet birds in the earthquake drill and make sure that all family members know how to handle them. 

2) Time how long it takes to move your pet bird when you are relaxed and calm, so you know you how much additional time you will need under the stress of a natural disaster. The calmer and more prepared you are, the better the outcome for your pet bird. 

3) Have a “pet alert sticker” on your front window or near your front door so that first responders know you have a pet bird in the house if you aren’t home at the time of the earthquake. (Download one here.)

4) Your pet bird disaster kit should always be stored in the same place, ideally with the pet bird’s toys and food or with your family’s earthquake kit.

5) Be prepared for the possibility of having to locate your pet bird immediately after an earthquake in case the cage has been compromised and your pet bird is accidentally released. Other pets my have also been released from their confines, creating an even more dangerous situation for the pet bird.

6) Check with an out-of-area friend or family member to see if they can take your pet bird in if necessary; find out where shelters will be set up and if they allow pets. Your local animal shelter may have disaster plans for pet owners in the area. Keep all of this information in your emergency earthquake kit. (Create a Bird Information Kit here.)


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