I've been through numerious earthquakes in alaska - DO NOT WANT
Olympia - someone did a comparison of New Orleans and Japan. They had pics of japan before and 1 year after the quake. Japan is almost all cleaned up. Parts of New Orleans are the same as the were when Katrina hit and that was what, 6 or so years ago...
One of my professors said all the rich people left New Orleans before katrina and those that were left behind were the people on the lowest rungs of the social ladder. There were also quite a few people who would not evacuate because they were not allowed to take their pets. One popular story was of a national guardsman telling a little boy he could not take his little white dog - snowball with him. None knows what happened to snowball.
You can now take pets to emergency shelters.