Earthquake Preparedness for Veterinarians

Do you know what to do if an earthquake hits? Visit the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety and use the Earthquakes section of the AVMA's Emergency Preparedness and Response Guide to make sure you, your family, your veterinary practice, and your clients are prepared. Include your patients as well as your own animals in your emergency plans.

Join the Great ShakeOut

Shake Out Don't Freak OutThe Great ShakeOut, a voluntary nationwide earthquake drill, is held annually at 10:19 a.m. on October 19 in most U.S. states to teach Americans what to do before, during, and after an earthquake.

The AVMA has registered to participate in the ShakeOut, and you can too at

What can you do for the ShakeOut? To get some ideas or build upon the ones you already have, visit

Disaster planning tools

These resources can help both veterinarians and your clients prepare for earthquakes or other disasters:

Other websites: