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Ÿ Non-electric can opener and plastic trash bags.

Ÿ Toilet paper, paper towels and pre-moisturized towelettes.

Ÿ Fire extinguisher.

Ÿ Complete set of clothes, shoes, gloves, etc.

Ÿ Personal sanitary items.

Ÿ Important documents (stored in water-tight plastic bags).

Protecting your Animals Pet owners are responsible for the protection of their pets during disaster events. If you plan to evacuate, plan for your pet as well. Pets are not allowed in public emergency shelters so it is advisable to make prior arrangements to shelter pets. If you go to friends or relatives, and if it is OK to take your pets take your Pet Survival Kit as well.

After the disaster event has passed, be careful in allowing your pets outside as familiar scents and landmarks may have been altered, causing your pets to become confused and lost. Also, downed power lines, damaged buildings and animals and insects brought with the disaster could also present real dangers to your pet. Take care not to allow your pet to consume food or water which may have become contaminated. Farm Animals

1. Let livestock, such as cattle, sheep, goats, horses, & donkeys graze in an open field. Tying increases the chance of injury and death.

2. Switch off all electrical supply to pens, water pumps-etc.

3. Remove all loose material such as galvanized sheeting, ply boards, empty containers etc. These can turn into missiles and injure animals.

4. Ensure that roofs of poultry and pig pens are properly fastened.

5. Chickens in the backyard and other domestic birds must be placed in a safe cage or box.

6. Chemicals, fertilizers and other toxic materials should be stored in the safest sections of buildings. Chemical exposure can cause serious injuries to people as well as animals.

7. The safest and most humane course of action is to free all cows, horses, goats and sheep and let them find high ground on their own. In most cases, livestock will be able to save themselves as they instinctively seek out a safe area.

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BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  
BVI DDM Community Disaster Preparedness Guide  

The Disaster Management Department of the BVI's Community Disaster Preparedness Guide, released May 18, 2012

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