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It has only been a few days since southern California was rocked by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake, re-igniting fears of the “big one”. Governor Gavin Newsom has urged residents to make sure their evacuation plans are in place and seismologists noted a similar quake in a major city like San Francisco could easily collapse buildings and start devastating fires.

An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in the Bay Area. If you don’t already have a plan in place there are plenty of resources available to get yourselves ready – –  including one of our favorites a handy shopping list compiled by Wirecutter.

We understand that many homeowners create their evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. At Legacy Real Estate we understand a family is made up of much more than just its human members so we took a moment to compile these steps to help you add your pets to your evacuation plan.



Assign pet evacuation to an adult.

Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.



Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible.

If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is and exactly where you are going. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.




Practice your plan.

Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!



Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets.

No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.



We wish you all the best with your emergency preparations. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the advice and recommendations from our very own furry friend, Luna.




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