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Hurricane Season starts June 1
BEAUMONT- by Haley Bull
Hurricane season officially starts today. After Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Ike in 2008, Southeast Texas is no stranger to the devastation and destruction the storms can cause. While forecasters predict a near normal to below normal season, there are still ways you can prepare now to save yourself trouble later.
Workers M and D Supply in Beaumont are stocking the shelves with hurricane-labeled items customers can put in an emergency kit.
"It's better to be prepared and that way if something does arise, they're ready to go and they're not running in at the last minute," Rachel Diaz, the store's general manager, said.
Diaz recommends having a generator, flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, bug spray, water and boards for windows.
"That's one thing people should consider also. Having your lumber already cut to the size of your windows, getting hurricane clips to install the lumber to cover your windows," Diaz said.
While it's essential to have an emergency kit prepared, it's not the only tip.
"If officials do call for an evacuation it's very important to listen and to evacuate. The biggest thing is leave early," Sarah Dupre with the Texas Department of Transportation said.
The Department of Public Safety has published routes to follow.
"These are the safest routes to get you out safely and to get you going in the right direction," Dupre said.
The government also provides additional tips.