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Are You Prepared?
It’s devastating to witness the destruction that natural disasters can cause, in just a matter of minutes. And while we can’t prevent these occurrences, being prepared can certainly protect us and our loved ones.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1, and scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say they expect to see 13 to 20 named storms this season. Living near the South Carolina coast puts us on heightened awareness – so make sure that you have the knowledge and resources you need to be prepared in case disaster should strike.
SC Emergency Management Division
National Hurricane Center – NOAA
Hurricane information from CDC
Hurricane information from the EPA
Hurricane Resource Page – NASA
Hurricane information from the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health
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