North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue says residents should take this week to get prepared for hurricane season that starts next month.
Perdue has proclaimed May 22-28 as Hurricane Preparedness Week.
Residents are urged to create family emergency plans and prepare supply kits. Hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November. Perdue says the deadly tornadoes that passed through the South in April should be reminders of the need to be prepared.
Residents also are encouraged to review and update homeowners' insurance policies now to make sure they include coverage for accidental damage and natural disasters. They also should make sure they are insured for flood damage.
Emergency supply kits should include enough nonperishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days.