GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — As the weather gets warmer, we inch closer to hurricane season.

     Next week kicks off North Carolina hurricane preparedness week.

     To get ready the Pitt County Health Department along with other agencies handed out resources outside of Lowe’s in Greenville.

     They say you should be aware of what could happen in your area when it comes to hurricanes.

     They recommend getting a kit together with items like food, water, and supplies for children or pets.

“We have a little different experience here,” said Kathy Sheppard, preparedness coordinator for the Pitt County Health department. We’re not right on the coast, so storm surge is not our issue but river flooding, flash floods are a concern. People might not think about that if they’re not from this area.”

     Sheppard says although June may be a few weeks away, it’s important to be prepared now just in case. The hurricane season officially begins June 1st.