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4 tips for driving in a disaster area

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If you do venture out on the road, focus on what's in front of you and remain alert, Tomczak says. "It is very easy to get distracted looking at damage and not keep your full attention on what lies ahead," he says.

Lardear says that what lies ahead could be another person, such as a first responder or neighbor.

After a storm, pedestrians may be outdoors and in areas you don't expect them to be. "People may be wandering around, they may not be paying attention to you, and they may not be wearing bright clothing," he says. "Go slow."

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