Levy County officials say now is the time to prepare for hurricane season

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Last year was one of the most active Atlantic hurricane seasons on record and this year forecasters expect at least three major hurricanes.

Levy county emergency management director John Macdonald says the time to prepare for the storm is before it hits.

"You always need to have those emergency supply kits. Have them ready to go and have everything prepared and in place," Macdonald said.

Macdonald said preparing for the storm is important because getting help may not be an option once wind speeds exceed 45 mph.

" Help is not coming until after that wind speed drops down to a safe zone because we don't want to put our emergency responders in harms way."

A hurricane survival kit packed with essential items like water and non perishable food is critical during a storm where you could lose power for days or even weeks.

Animal shelters can fill up very quickly which is why Danielle Cummings from the Alachua County Humane Society says its important to have a plan for pets too.

"It's really important to have a game plan for your family as well as your animals so that you're not in a tough situation right before an impending disaster," Cummings said.

When preparing for a storm make sure your supply kit has supplies for at least three days.

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