Mother Nature doesn't always check the calendar or pay attention to the news. Before hurricane season officially kicked off, we already had two named storms, Arthur and Bertha. Forecasters says this year's hurricane season is will be busier than normal with 13 to 19 named storms predicted, including three to six major hurricanes. Add to the mix, the coronavirus pandemic, which complicates how we need to prepare for storms. In particular, how local governments will handle storm shelters. With social distancing, shelters may fill to capacity faster. Many hotels are limiting occupancies as well. So part of your storm preparations this year is to contact friends and family outside of our area if you and your family can come stay with them in the event of an emergency or evacuation. Remember that if you or the people you are staying with have been recently exposed to COVID-19 or are showing symptoms, you should quarantine in a separate room upon arrival. As we have learned COVID-19 and the great toilet paper shortage of 2020, supplies can be hard to acquire, especially now as store shelves are still bare in some departments. Gathering your storm supplies now, such as non-perishable food, medications, fresh water, when we do not have a current threat of a storm is a smart move. Add to the list this year, facemasks and hand sanitizer. If you don’t have a portable generator, now is a good time to consider buying one. If not a matter of if the power will go out, it's a matter of when and with generator supplies at a healthy level, it may be time to get one now before a storm makes its way towards us.