Governor John C. Carney, Jr. and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency are observing “Hurricane Awareness Week” from May 29 to June 2 by encouraging residents and visitors to “know your zone” and “get prepared” for the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins on June 1. Hurricane hazards include extreme winds, coastal and inland flooding, tornadoes, high surf, and rip currents. Delaware is uniquely vulnerable to coastal storms because it is located on the Delmarva Peninsula and has the lowest average elevation of any state—about 60 feet above sea level. It only takes one storm to have a severe, life-changing impact. With the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather, it is crucial for families and businesses to be well-informed and well-prepared. Hurricane Awareness Week is a timely reminder for everyone to take necessary precautions and plan ahead.
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