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Palm Beach County leaders urge residents to prepare for hurricane season

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Hurricane season is upon Florida residents, and officials are urging Palm Beach residents to get ready. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

Dr. Rick Spinrad, the administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says it is never too early to prepare for hurricanes.

This year, the season is predicted to be an above-average season.

Officials urge residents in Florida to get ready, especially those who moved here out-of-state, and have never experienced a hurricane. “With so many people moving to the county, get to know your neighbors and educate them about preparations,” said Mary Blakeney, Palm Beach County’s director of emergency management.

County leaders presented their storm season preparedness report in front of county commissioners Tuesday, urging new and longtime residents to make a storm plan and make it now.

Residents can plan ahead by knowing if they live in an evacuation zone. Build a kit with five to seven days of supplies, canned food, prescriptions, water, batteries and flashlights.

Anyone planning to ride out the storm at home should use shutters and shelter in place.

“We prepare every year for every storm season like it’s going to be a difficult one,” said Deputy County Administrator Todd Bonlarron. “We prepare for the worst. We pray for the best.”

The National Hurricane Center is also reminding folks it can be just as dangerous after a storm passes.