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Scouts: Be prepared for hurricane season

Landon Morgan, right, greets Beaufort Police Chief Matthew J. Clancy at the start of the Emergency Preparedness Fair held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Thursday evening. The fair was an Eagle Scout project organized by candidate Morgan and included vendor booths who had demonstrations on outdoor cooking, water purification, evacuation maps and fire safety as well as evacuation maps.
Landon Morgan, right, greets Beaufort Police Chief Matthew J. Clancy at the start of the Emergency Preparedness Fair held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Thursday evening. The fair was an Eagle Scout project organized by candidate Morgan and included vendor booths who had demonstrations on outdoor cooking, water purification, evacuation maps and fire safety as well as evacuation maps. Jonathan Dyer, The Beaufort Gazette

Beaufort Boy Scouts organized an Emergency Preparedness Fair held Thursday evening at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The fair was an Eagle Scout project organized by candidate Landon Morgan, which took him more than a month of advanced planning to seek out a location and vendors . Some of the vendor booths had demonstrations on outdoor cooking, water purification, fire safety as well as handout evacuation maps for Beaufort County.

The fair was to help local residents prepare for hurricane season which starts on June 1 and ends Nov. 30. This year is forecast to be active for the Atlantic Coast - U.S. government forecasters announced Thursday they expect three to six major hurricanes and as many as 18 named tropical storms may develop during the six-month Atlantic hurricane season.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate urged residents from Texas to Maine to develop disaster plans and determine whether they live in evacuation zones. "Far too many people will not be prepared and will try to get ready in the last minutes when a hurricane is threating their community and not have enough time."

The first named storm of the 2011 season will be Arlene.

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