This week is Flood Safety Awareness Week! For many of you this may not mean much. But let’s see if we can get you to think of it in another light. Did you know, that in the Cincinnati and Dayton area’s the disaster that is most prone to occur is A FLOOD!! Let’s take it another step further, did you know that March 26,2013 will mark the 100 year anniversary of the 1913 flood; one of the greatest floods of our time. The 1913 flood devastated much of Ohio. There were 467 deaths and over 40,000 homes were flooded, and rainfall averaged between 6-11 inches throughout the state from March 23-27. In fact, the 1913 flood was one of the reasons the local chapters of the American Red Cross began to form.
So, after hearing all of that, NOW do you understand why we are recognizing Flood Safety Awareness Week? While we remember those who were affected by this massive natural disaster 100 years ago, it is also important to think about the precautions we can take if ever we experience a massive flood in our area.
When severe weather hits, listen to the news and radio for updates and be ready to evacuate your home at a moment’s notice. Another tip is to stay away from water. This might seem obvious, but countless people try to drive through the water or swim. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, stay away from all sources of water (rivers, creeks, ponds, lakes, streams, etc.)
While nobody can prevent a disaster like the 1913 Flood, we can be sure to prepare for one. Stocking up on food, water, batteries, light supplies, tools, and first aid kits can go a long way in a disaster situation. If you do have to evacuate, be sure to have fun items like board games or playing cards you can use to take your mind off the situation, and to keep children happy. A positive attitude can go a long way in disaster situations.