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Landover, MD – As we enter the 2016 Hurricane and Summer Storm Season, the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security/Office of Emergency Management along with our State and Federal partners are proactively encouraging everyone to take an active role by preparing themselves, their families and their communities for potential storm hazardous.The peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season which began June 1, 2016 and ends November 30, 2016, is August and September. Although there is no prediction of how many storms will impact our area, we are reminding residents that readiness is always our best defense. Flooding, high winds, and excessive rainfall can severely impact both our community and our way of life. Residents should know the risks of how to protect themselves and their property. Additionally, residents should have a basic disaster supply kit which includes items such as flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, medicine, water, non-perishable food, can opener, utility knife and a battery powered radio. For more information on preparing for emergencies and how to build your kit.Flooding commonly occurs when property is located in high-risk areas, especially low-lying areas near water, behind a levee, or downstream from a dam. High winds can also be dangerous for those who are caught in them. They can destroy property and cause many outside objects, signage, siding, roofing materials and debris to become projectile and cause injury. The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management wants to remind everyone that awareness and being prepared are essential to surviving major storms and preventing disasters. For additional information, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 301-324-4400.