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Break Smart


February 11, 2011 — Even though classes are in full swing, we bet you are thinking about Spring Break. Check out these tips to be sure you’ve done your homework to be prepared for an enjoyable, safe and secure holiday.

Planning where: The devil is in the details

  • Share your travel plans with someone; make sure they have a copy of your itinerary.
  • Learn about the area you are visiting before you travel. Find out what disasters may occur in the place where you are traveling.
  • If you're traveling out of the country, check the U.S. State Department travel page for alerts and embassy contact information. Register your travel plans with them.


Getting There: Planes, trains or automobiles

  • If you’re flying, know where the exits are on the plane and read the aircraft’s emergency card – really.
  • Ditto for trains.
  • Driving tired is as dangerous as driving drunk. Take turns at the wheel and make frequent stops for stretching, walks, food, etc.


Enjoying there: The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray

  • No matter where you head, pack essential items – water, first aid kit, an emergency contact card with names and numbers, and important information you may need.
  • Stay in groups. Discuss the plan for the day/night and arrange meeting locations.
  • Carry only the cash you need. Lock up credit cards, extra cash and passports.
  • If you drink, drink responsibly. Stay hydrated and away from pools and hot tubs.
  • When you arrive at your destination, take a minute to make a list of numbers of emergency responders (e.g. police, fire).
  • If you are in a disaster, remember to register on the Red Cross Safe and Well site so family and friends can find you and know you're OK.

For information, contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness at 434-982-0565 or

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