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Tips for Hotel Operators ▪ Without creating panic, hoteliers should alert guests to the situation on an on-going basis once relevant bulletins are being received and keep them posted of developments and apprised of your establishment's disaster plans.

▪ If the situation deteriorates, consider suggesting their departure and assist those who wish to evacuate.

▪ Anyone staying should be briefed on shelter locations and procedures and provided with basic essentials (nonperishable food, hygiene articles, water, and bedding).

▪ Encourage guests to take responsibility for their own luggage and advise them of the dangers they may encounter during and after a hazard event like a flood, storm, earthquake, etc.

▪ Discuss with your insurance agent the extent of your coverage and ensure that it fits your requirements.

▪ Encourage your staff to understand the risk and the methods of preparedness and recovery available to them.

▪ Arrange training for your staff in First Aid and other disaster preparedness training through the DDM or BVI Red Cross. Encourage them to have a disaster kit available at home and train them in your business's preparation and recovery plans.

▪ Purchase materials early as stocks run low in the advent of a hazard. Ensure all electronic documents are suitably backed up and disks stored safely. ▪ Familiarize yourselves with the National Disaster Management Plan and disaster plans of the BVI Tourist Board.

Tips for Farmers

▪ Let livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats, horses and donkeys graze in an open field. Tying animals increase their chances of injury. ▪ Ensure that drains in the fields are cleared of debris. A clogged drain can flood your farm and destroy your crops. ▪ Empty all plastic water tanks and store them in a safe place. ▪ Switch off all electrical supply to pens, water pumps, etc. ▪ Remove all loose material such as galvanized sheeting, ply-boards, empty containers, etc. which can easily become missiles. ▪ Ensure that roofs of poultry and pigpens are properly fastened. ▪ Chickens and other domestic birds should be placed in a safe cage or box. ▪ Chemicals, fertilizers and other toxic materials should be stored in the safest sections of buildings, as chemical exposure can cause serious injury to people and animals alike.

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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