The 2024 hurricane season is officially here, and officials warn this could be an active season. The Baldwin County EMA said it is important for residents to be prepared.

Residents should be ready before the storm hits. They should know their risks, make an emergency plan and share it with their family members, be sure to have a way to contact family members in case of an evacuation, and gather supplies.

Needed supplies include medications, water, food for at least 72 hours and pet supplies. Review your insurance policies and inquire about flood insurance if you don’t have it.

Finally, know how to recognize alerts and warnings and be sure to have multiple ways to get them.

Baldwin County EMA offers local emergency alerts and ways to prepare and plan. There are also volunteer opportunities, shelter information, ways to report storm damage and evacuation information online.

Baldwin County is divided into five evacuation zones. Depending on the category of storm, different areas are told to evacuate.

FEMA has information on getting alerts and staying safe during hurricanes.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts between 17 and 25 named storms this hurricane season, with eight to 13 becoming hurricanes. The prediction is well above the 30-year average of 14 named storms.

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