GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Hurricane Matthew left its mark on North Carolina’s coast in October and already it’s that time to start preparing for this year’s hurricane season.

Hurricane season officially begins June 1 and runs through November.

Governor Roy Cooper has declared May 7-13 N.C. Hurricane Preparedness Week.

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You can still be impacted by a hurricane even if you don’t live along the coast. Melton Sadler, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County emergency management director, said, “No county is safe when it comes to severe winds, flooding and damage that these storms can bring.”

Read: NC State Forecasts a Near Normal Hurricane Season

Sadler said it’s important to have a plan for your family, “Make sure your family knows what to do, where to go, and who to contact when disaster strikes will give you the peace of mind needed to survive a storm.”

Emergency supply kits should contain enough non-perishable food and a gallon of water per person per day to last three to seven days. Other essential items include:
• Copies of insurance papers and identification sealed in a watertight plastic bag
• First-aid kit
• Weather radio and batteries
• Supply of prescription medicines
• Sleeping bag or blankets
• Changes of clothes
• Hygiene items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant
• Cash or checkbook
• Pet supplies including food, water, leashes, bedding, muzzle and vaccination records

Stay Informed During A Storm
        People should stay informed during a storm by keeping a battery-powered radio for weather and evacuation information and should know various evacuation routes into and out of their neighborhoods.
        More information on hurricanes and overall emergency preparedness can be found online at