Given the severe weather and the amount of rain events we’ve had this year, you could be excused for feeling like hurricane season began months, not days, ago.

But while we’ve had ample practice in preparing for such weather events, hurricane damage such as that inflicted statewide by Florence in 2018 should give us pause and cause to consider if we are truly ready for the possibility of another such season.

A disaster relief town hall meeting in Boone on July 10 in the Watauga High School auditorium by the North Carolina Department of Insurance will help residents in that consideration. The meeting is set to inform how best to protect and insure properties from storm damage.

Hurricane season began June 1 and continues through Nov. 30, so the timing of the meeting is appropriate. Also appropriate? Your concerns. Although local emergency responders are not at this time scheduled to speak at the meeting, the chief deputy commissioner of insurance will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

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