Flood preparation tips for your family

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – As we spring into flood season, 2 NEWS is digging deeper into what you and your family should use to protect yourselves from danger.

Despite having all the tools in place to keep the Miami Valley safe from serious damage during flooding, there are still some things you can do to be proactive.

Officials we spoke with said it’s all about preparation.

The Emergency Preparedness Unit with the Public Health Department said not having a plan, often times, keeps families in low-lying areas from making a safe getaway from flash floods.

You should choose a primary and secondary location, like a recreational center, church or school for everyone to meet in case you need to evacuate.

Meanwhile, to protect your home and your belongings, move important documents or keepsakes from the basement.

Transfer those items to a digital form and keep copies locked in a second location, such as your office

And your home should always be equipped with a go-to emergency kit with essentials for several days.

“It doesn’t matter what the hazard is, you should take an all hazards approach. So basically, you should have a 3-day supply of food and water in your house at all times and there’s other key elements you need. You need communication, a hand-held radio, access to NOAA radio,” said Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Larry Cleek.

The NOAA radio provides alerts from the National Weather Service during inclement weather, severe weather and natural disasters.

In case of either of those scenarios, officials believe the region is well-equipped to fight off the heavy rainfall.

Five dams throughout the Miami Valley protect the area from major flooding during severe weather.

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