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State Leaders Push Preparedness For Hurricane Season

Pat McCrory and Kieran Shanahan
Gurnal Scott
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State leaders are stressing the importance of preparation for residents and themselves as hurricane season begins this weekend.   Forecasters say the 2013 Atlantic storm season could be another busy one.  

Their prediction of up to 20 named storms could surpass last year's 19.  North Carolina leaders stood along with Governor Pat McCrory to say now is the time for everyone to prepare for whatever may come.

"The most responsible part of that team are the individuals," McCrory says. ."The individual families that have ready supplies in their home in case of emergency."
The governor says extra food, water, medications and cash can help get you through.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has suggestions on what should be in a storm survival kit.  

Public Safety Secretary Kieran Shanahan is looking beyond just the coastal region.

"In particular, Gulf Coast hurricanes that bring torrential rains to our mountains have triggered major landslides and we've already had a few landslides in the state this year," Shanahan says.

Hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through the end of November.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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