As a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Certified Volunteer, in case of a large-scale medical emergency to help prepare and protect our community, I wanted to let you all know about a great resource for hurricane preparedness: the MRC's Liisa Jackson.

The official hurricane season goes from June 1 through November 30.

Hurricanes have the power to cause widespread devastation and can affect both coastal and inland areas.

Threats from hurricanes include: storm surge, high winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and rip currents.

Remember the difference between a hurricane watch and warning. A watch means hurricane conditions are possible within the next 48 hours. A warning has sustained winds of 74 mph associated with a hurricane are expected to affect the area within 24 hours.

Phil Paleologos is the host of The Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.