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Generators In order to ensure that you have electric power after a disaster event, you should consider investing in a portable generator.

Generators can run appliances and fans. Sizes range from 750 watts which will run a fan and a light, up to 8000 watts which will practically run a house (except for the air conditioner). Refrigerators require 400-1000 watts. If you have lost power, don't connect a portable generator to building wiring unless the unit has been installed and inspected by a licensed electrician (this could injure or kill neighbours or electrical repair crews). Plug appliance, etc., directly into generator, place generator outdoors or in a well-ventilated area. Don't forget to check the oil every time you add fuel. Conserve fuel by alternating appliances. For example, refrigerators can be kept cool by supplying power eight hours a day. Using a Generator

Follow the directions supplied with the generator. Under no circumstances should portable generators be used indoors, including inside a garage. Adequate ventilation is necessary and proper refueling practices, as described in the owner's manual, must be followed.

Be sure to let the generator cool down before refueling. Store fuel for the generator in an approved safety can. Use the type of fuel recommended in the instructions or on the label of the generator. Repairs

 • Make temporary repairs to correct safety hazards and minimize further damage. This may include covering holes in the roof, walls or windows and debris removal.

 • Take photographs of all damage before repairs and try to keep receipts for insurance purposes.

 • After assessing damage to your home, contact the Building Authority and the Town and Country Planning Department for information on required permits. Permits are always required for any kind of demolition or permanent repairs, reconstruction roofing, filling and other types of site development.

Do not dump in drainage canals, ditches or ghuts as this causes backups and overflows in the system

Water Purification Whenever widespread flooding occurs, there is a potential for bacterial contamination. Bacteria, such as shigella and salmonella, can lead to life threatening dehydration for people and their pets if untreated by antibiotics. Disinfect any tap water you drink or use for cooking or cleaning. You must purify the tap water until officials notify you of its safety. Bring water to a rolling boil for 10 minutes or use chemicals (eight drops of chlorine bleach or iodine per gallon) or water purification tablets as directed. Let water sit at least 10 minutes before using. Water you saved in clean containers before the storm will be fine for 2-3 weeks. To be sure, add two drops of chlorine or iodine per gallon before drinking.

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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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