CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Monday marks the first day of June, the official start to Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Emergency officials say the time to prepare is now, despite predictions for a below average season.
In fact, South Carolina Hurricane Awareness Week runs from May31-June 6.
One of the most important ways to prepare is to know your zone. Officials are promoting a public education campaign to inform the citizens and visitors of South Carolina of the new hurricane evacuation zones and their vulnerability to storm surge. For more information on the South Carolina Emergency Management's "Know Your Zone" campaign, click here.
According to the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston County's population is up more than 30 percent, and it's up even more in Dorchester County. That's why you want to know what routes to take if a storm is imminent.
It's also important to have "go kit" ready at all times. With things like a flashlight, extra food and phone phone chargers, it's important to have backups.
For more information on a disaster supply kit, click here: http://www.ready.gov/kit
Emergency officials say it's also important to have a full gas tank as often as possible in case you have to leave in a hurry.
Hurricane season end November 30.