Are you prepared for a disaster?

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — County officials held Monday the first in a series of presentations designed to get residents prepared for potential disasters.

The presentation covered the three steps everyone’s being asked to take: get a kit, make a plan and be informed.

To do that, you’re asked to have enough food, water and supplies to last three days, you’re supposed to know ahead of time what to do in the event of a storm warning and you need to stay on top of the latest weather conditions.

“You know as many people as do it, there can always be more,” says Ryan McEwan, Operations Officer with the Montgomery County EMA. “There’s no limit to the preparedness you can do. Some people take it to extremes, some people don’t do any at all. Our goal is to reach out to those people who haven’t heard about all the things you can do to prepare.”

McEwan also talked about what the county is doing to try to keep people safe in the event of a disaster.

“The nice thing about Montgomery County with its disaster history, especially the 1913 flood, is we’ve already done a lot to mitigate,” McEwan says . “We’ve got the levy system on the rivers that help mitigate from a lot of devastating floods.”

The presentation was at the Miamisburg branch of the Dayton Metro Library.

The county’s Hazard Mitigation Plan estimates that since 1950 the county has had about 375 storm or earthquake related events causing 10 deaths, 15 injuries and damage ranging from $1,000 to 72.6 billion.

For a list of other presentations in April click here.

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