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Are you prepared for emergencies monsoon may bring?

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It's official! We are just five days away from Monsoon 2018.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey proclaimed June 10th through the 15th Monsoon Awareness Week. The proclamation recognizes the importance of being informed about Arizona’s severe weather and flooding. The best time to prepare is now.

Monsoon begins June 15 and will last through September 30. It typically begins with extreme heat, when most of us like to stay inside the air conditioning. It’s followed by an influx in moisture and then an increase in humidity.

That means a variety of severe weather hazards such as heavy rains, high winds, dust storms and thunderstorms, which can cause localized flash flooding.

Some of us are looking forward to those amazing lightning shows, while others are dreading having to pull over on the road. Often times the conditions mean limited visibility.

“I know that we have had an unseasonably dry winter,” said Charlie Misra with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. “We’ve had fewer snowpack early on in the year.”

Misra is staying in close contact with weather forecasters and representatives from a list of agencies across the state. They’re monitoring the conditions, while predicting what the monsoons could bring to Arizonans this year.

“There is a possibility that monsoon season could present more challenges as you're at home or on the road,” he said.

Four simple steps for emergency preparedness:

Misra shared four simple steps for emergency preparedness.

1. Make a family communication plan.

2. Build an emergency supplies kit.

3. Pack enough food and water for at least 72 hours.

4. Stay up to date with the latest information on what's happening in your area or wherever you are traveling to.

"If you do all that you’ll inspire others with your preparedness example,” Misra said.

His overall best advice as we approach the monsoon season?

“If you take the time to prepare now, it will give you peace of mind in the long run,” said Misra.

There are numerous resources at our fingertips when it comes to preparedness, including the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs website.

As monsoon storms can bring dangerous conditions with little or no warning, it’s important to take precautions and understand the risks this time of year.

To learn more about monsoon hazards and safety tips, visit the state government's monsoon awareness webpage. And follow #AZWX and #Monsoon2018 on social media.

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