June marks beginning of hurricane season 

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Virginia Kinsman and Mike Ray locate a Jacksonville hurricane shelter on a map at the Red Cross in Jacksonville in preparation for the start of hurricane season.

Photo by John Sudbrink / The Daily News
Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM.

With the start of another hurricane season underway, area officials are helping area residents prepare for the next storm.

The Atlantic hurricane season started June 1, and a Hurricane Preparedness Fair is planned for June 7 to provide a variety of information on steps to get families and homes ready now versus later should a storm develop.

“It’s better to take a proactive approach rather than a reactive one,” said JoJo Cariaso, adult programs supervisor for Jacksonville Recreation & Parks.

The recreation department is coordinating with Onslow County Red Cross and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, Onslow County Red Cross to offer the free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Community Building at Jacksonville Commons.

Cariaso said there haven’t been a lot of tropical storms to hit the area recently and in a transient military community there may be residents new to the coast or unfamiliar with the practices such as where shelters are traditionally located and what evacuation routes are for the area.

For others, it will be a good time to review their plans.

“We’ve been fortunate not to have a direct hit from a hurricane here recently. We need to familiarize our community again about what they need to do the prepare pre hurricane and after,” Cariaso said.



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