GARWOOD - Today marks the start of the 2013 hurricane season.

Officials say residents should be prepared even if there are no storms on the horizon. Officials recommend that residents have generators in case the power goes out for extended periods of time.

Residents are also encouraged to buy a reliable sump pump with its own battery backup. Typical items are also recommended, such as flashlights, batteries and portable charging stations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also recommends that families have one gallon of water per person for three days.

Officials also recommend making copies of insurance, bank documents and identification.