It’s official: the Atlantic hurricane season is here. It’s thattime of year again to reconsider the pitfalls of not being ready toweather a serious storm.

There are many markets that have not experienced a majorhurricane in several years; South Florida has been spared sinceHurricane Wilma in 2005. In areas that have experienced this lull,we are seeing consumers and businesses taking an increasingly laxapproach to preparedness and protection. While the NationalHurricane Center predicted a below-average Atlantic hurricaneseason, they still expect between three to six hurricanes thisyear, with two or three being major.

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