September is National Preparedness Month

McAllen (KFXV) — It may have been a hot sunny day today, but it could be the calm before the storm?

Despite the good weather, authorities urging residents to have a contingency plan for the weeks to come, as September is National Preparedness month.

It’s the peak of hurricane season and officials are warning about extreme weather that could be brewing in the horizon.

“More than half of the people in this country have not prepared for a disaster, have done nothing to get ready.”

The federal Emergency Management Agency launched its September campaign to encourage the public to be proactive. Heavy rains poured over the valley during the months of May and June, forcing over 4,000 residents to apply for federal aid.

“One of the issues that we had was some of the ditches were dirty so keeping them clean helps water flow, the water goes out away a lot sooner.”

Another common mistake, says Betancourt is not carrying flood insurance.

“Take some time to plan for those emergencies it can be as simple as having a conversation over dinner tonight about how you will get back in touch if a crisis happens, where you might meet.”

Tips on how to prepare and avoid disasters can be found online at

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