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Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1

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The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and runs through November 30, according to the National Hurricane Center. The Pacific hurricane season also ends on November 30 but it began earlier, on May 15.

National Hurricane Preparedness Week just ended (May 25-31), but it's never too late to prepare for the hurricane season.

The FEMA website Ready.gov offers great information about preparing for the upcoming season. As with any emergency preparation, the first things to do when getting ready for disaster are to create an emergency kit and make a plan for your family.

Hurricanes generally come with plenty of warning which gives you time to prepare, but it is easier and less stressful if you stay in a state of preparedness throughout the hurricane season. Remember that even if a hurricane is not projected to strike your area head on, these storms still bring heavy rains and winds and can cause extensive flood damage. Always be aware of your surroundings and what is going on with the weather. Invest in a weather radio and stay up-to-date on forecasts when a hurricane is heading your way.

Check out the full assortment of tips and suggestions for getting ready for the upcoming hurricane season at Ready.gov.

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