OUR VIEW: It’s never too early to prepare for hurricanes

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Summer is here.

That means children out of classrooms and are instead on playgrounds and ball fields.

With the little ones out of school, it’s also probably time to take that much-needed summer trip to the beach or maybe to the country to see those long-lost relatives that we don’t see enough of.

A busy time it is, indeed.

But in the midst of the blur, don’t forget to add one more thing onto your to-do list: hurricane preparedness.

June is well under way, which means that we are officially in the active stages of hurricane season.

The National Weather Service lists the season as being active from June 1 – November 30.

Those are not words meant to strike fear – they were merely aimed to urge caution to our readers.

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect this season to be below average in activity. Still, we’ve seen in the past that federal predictions are just that – educated guess. It’s also important to note it only takes one tropical event to create havoc.

The chance persists that a hurricane will enter the Gulf of Mexico in the coming months, which will force you and your family to make a decision. Now is the time to begin planning.

When you do this, make sure to pinpoint a storm’s destination in all directions, because as we know from history – no two storms are alike.

The angle that the storm approaches dictates the best place to evacuate.

If you don’t want to, or are unable to leave, then now is the time to make your living arrangement “hurricane proof.”

There’s no need to board the windows or anything like that until a storm would approach.

But this is a good time to buy foods that have a long shelf life – Vienna sausage, potted meat – the traditional hurricane buffet.

If there is a little extra storage space within your dwelling, stocking it with batteries and water probably wouldn’t be such a bad idea, either.

If blessed enough to own a generator, you should probably take it out and give her a start. It’s better to know now if there’s anything wrong with your machinery.

Again, no reason for panic, nor chaos.

It’s just always better to be ready.

Hurricane season is finally here.

With the peak months of August and September looming, that leaves plenty of time to create a plan of protection in case another storm decides to make a stop in Louisiana.