The general public is urged to plan forward throughout Hurricane Preparedness Week

HYANNIS — As Massachusetts Hurricane Preparedness Week draws to a close on Saturday, July 16, the state is recommending the public take steps to prepare for possible storms this summer.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency public information officer Chris Besse said the peak of the hurricane season is usually in late August through September.

MEMA is asking the public to consider planning for possible storms ahead of increased activity.

“The threat is real and while it’s been a while it’s going to happen again eventually, so we want people to be prepared,” Besse said.

For those living in coastal communities, Besse recommended checking the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Map on the state’s website to see if they live in an evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan ready.

“If people don’t have their own transportation and need to evacuate, maybe plan ahead with a friend, family member or neighbor who might be able to help,” he added.

Besse said people with disabilities or those with medical needs may need to take additional steps to prepare, as emergencies can disrupt treatments or home health services.

“We really encourage people to think ahead of time about working with their healthcare provider to talk about how some of that care can be maintained when those normal routines and services are disrupted,” he said.

The official noted that people who use medical equipment that relies on electricity can register with their utility as priority customers or talk to their healthcare provider about backup options.

Visit MEMA’s website for additional resources on hurricane planning and supplies needed.

By Brian Engles, NewsCenter

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