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Hurricane season begins June 1

Hurricane Preparedness Week may be over, but hurricane season is right around the corner.

The hurricane season begins June 1, and the National Hurricane Center has a few tips on how to prepare and take action.

“With hurricanes, you’re never due or not due,” Phil Klotzbach a research scientist with Colorado State University said. “It’s not like an earthquake that’s building up stress along the fault line.”

The tips include:

• Gathering information: Assess your risks and know your home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind. Learn National Weather Service forecast products and the meaning of NWS watches and warnings. Know if you live in an evacuation area. Analyze your hazards risks with FEMA’s Map Portal and rate your flood risk with the www.FloodSmart.gov portal.

• Plan and take action: Always be prepared for the unexpected. Put together a basic supplies kit, set up different plans for each different risk. Know the guidelines for CDC, FDA and the EPA during and after storms. Also, learn the FEMA Evacuation Guidelines in order to pack and inform people if evacuation is necessary.

• Recover: Wait until an area is declared safe before returning home and remember recovering from a disaster is a gradual process.

For more hurricane preparedness resources, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.