Hurricane Season Ends

The 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season ended last week, but disasters are not limited to hurricanes or a specific time of year.  Emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere, and it is important to be prepared year round.  The end of hurricane season serves as an important reminder of just how critical it is for all of us to be prepared so that we can protect our families, homes, businesses and communities from the potentially devastating effects of a disaster. There are some simple steps we should all take, such as make a family communications plan and put together a disaster supplies kit, which will help keep us safe when we are faced with an emergency. Emergencies can range from natural disasters such as flooding, tornadoes and hurricanes, to events such as power outages. Visit to learn about different hazards, and how to prepare for them.