The Philippines is facing a tough time just after Christmas.
A tropical depression Usman, four volcanic quakes on the Mayon Volcano in Albay province and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off east of Davao Oriental.
In a report posted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the quake in Davao Oriental was recorded at 11:39 today, with possible tsunami threats in some parts of the Philippines and Indonesia.
Though there were no reported damage or injury, according to the Surigao City, Davao Oriental and Bislig City disaster risk reduction and management councils, it is important to be prepared and know the important things to do during calamities.
BEFORE AN EARTHQUAKE
1. Have your animal companions properly identified.
Make sure your pets have collars, tags or even have them microchipped! So that when your pets accidentally got off leash or get lost, he/she may be easily identified by rescuers.
2. Keep important files with you.
If your paw-some dog gets lost, a current photo of your dog and his/her medical records could help animal shelters locate your pet.
And if you animal companion finally comes home from a shelter, his/her medical records would be a huge help once you take him back to the veterinary for check-up.
3. Build a pet first aid kit.
Veterinary records, medications, food and water are top of the items you should include in your pet kit.
According to foundanimals.org, other supplies must include: adhesive tape, antibacterial ointments, blankets, blunt tipped scissors, cotton balls, cotton swabs, diarrhea medicine, digital rectal thermometer, tweezers, gauze and gauze pads, instant cold/hot packs, medicine droppers, muzzles, collar and leash and sterile wound wash.
You yourself should know what else your animal companion needs. Does he have a favorite toy that might help him during a stressful event? Then go bring that toy!
Anything that could help your pet stay calm during any calamities should be part of your kit.
DURING AN EARTHQUAKE
1. Drop, Cover and Hold
It is normal for an animal to bite or scratch anything when frightened in order to flee. During earthquake, it is important for you not to restrain your pet and let go of his leash – they are after all, better at finding a safe spot.
As protocol, you drop, cover and hold. Find your animal companion afterwards.