Although it's hard to imagine shifting our focus from navigating the COVID-19 pandemic to navigating the 2020 hurricane season, it's time to start thinking about doing just that. Hurricane season kicks off June 1; this week, through May 9, is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The National Weather Service (NWS) urges residents to determine their personal hurricane risk, find out if they live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and review/update insurance policies. The organization also suggests residents make a list of emergency supplies to replenish and generally start thinking about how to prepare their homes for the coming hurricane season, especially if actions need to be adjusted based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and local officials. This year's hurricane season is predicted to be above-average in activity, with Penn State's Earth System Science Center predicting between 15-24 named storms.

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