Valdosta Daily Times

June 2, 2013

Are you ready for hurricane season?

The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — This past weekend, Saturday, June 1, the 2013 hurricane season began and will continue through Nov. 30.

To be ready for what the next six months may hold, South Georgians should prepare now for the possibility of a hurricane. While we are often spared direct hits, the Valdosta-area has faced plenty of close calls during the past decade while feeling the ramifications of heavy rains, high winds and flooding on several occasions as hurricanes have made land on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

June is traditionally National Hurricane Preparedness Month.

Georgia’s Hurricane Preparedness Week came to a close this past Saturday. We should prepare ourselves now for the possibility while conditions are calm, supplies are plentiful, and thoughts are rational.

South Georgians’ hurricane preparations should include:

— Disaster kits with water and nonperishable food for at least three days, portable radio and flashlights with plenty of batteries, prescription medication, important documents, and other special needs, such as baby diapers.

— An emergency plan so each family member knows how to find others. Have another emergency contact person who lives out of town.

— Stay informed on evacuation orders and routes. Check with your insurance agent on flood insurance and your homeowner’s policy.

— Businesses should have a disaster plan to locate employees, to continue business if the physical location is severely damaged or destroyed, etc.

For more information on these and other preparations, go to