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Get ready, hurricane season is here and it’s supposed to be a rough one!

June 1 marked the first day of hurricane season, and as you prepare for summer activities, it’s highly advised that you also prepare for severe weather. It sounds like a buzzkill, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a 75 percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season will show near to above average storm activity, and with last summer being the second worst hurricane season in recorded history, it’s smart to be prepared.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there are two keys to weather safety – prepare for the risks of severe weather, and act on those preparations when alerted by local officials.

Preparation is the most important action you can take and in most cases, easy and inexpensive. Basic logistical steps like gathering contact information for local law enforcement, hospitals, utilities, and media outlets can save you time and stress in the event of being stuck in a severe weather scenario.

Gathering supplies in the event that you become stranded in your home is vital, and can mean the difference between life and death in some situations. Following the advice of websites like can put you ahead of the curve in the event that you’re cut off from any means of drinking water and food.

Also, keeping up with FEMA’s online hazard and vulnerability assessment tools can give you a look at risks in your area way before they affect you.