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7. Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked. Be alert for washed-out roads. Do not drive into flooded areas. Stay away from downed power lines.

8. Take your Disaster Supplies Kit with you!

9. Take important papers with you, including your driver's license, special medical information, insurance policies and property inventories.

1.6 Recovering From A Disaster

This section offers some general advice on steps to take, after disaster strikes, to begin putting your home, your community, and your life back to normal. Health and Safety Your first concern after a disaster is your household's health and safety.

1. Be aware of new or secondary hazards created by the disaster. watch for washed out roads, contaminated buildings, contaminated water, gas leaks, broken glass, damaged wires and slippery floors.3 2. Be aware of exhaustion. Don't try to do too much at once. Set priorities and pace yourself. 3. Drink plenty of clean water. Eat well and get enough rest. 4. Wear sturdy work boots and gloves.

5. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water often when working in debris.

6. Inform authorities about health and safety hazards, including chemical releases, downed power lines, washed out roads, smouldering insulation or dead animals.

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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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