Vicksburg, Miss -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center forecasts a "near-normal" hurricane season for 2012. Hurricane season began 1 June and will end 30 November with the peak threat period starting in mid-August and going through October.

With the forecast predicting nine to fifteen named storms, it is important to have a hurricane preparedness plan and a disaster supply kit in place.

Flooding from hurricanes can be more destructive than the high winds seen during landfall. Flood insurance policies take 30 days to go into effect, so the time to prepare is now.

Every year, the Vicksburg District deploys volunteer employees to disasters within the District's area of operation and around the world. This is a part of the federal government's unified national response to disasters and emergencies team.

The Vicksburg District encompasses a 68,000-square-mile area across portions of Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana and supports disaster response throughout the nation. To learn more about the Vicksburg District, visit our website, . Also visit for information on a disaster supply kit and for more information on flood insurance.