With a large portion of the country still working to recover from Hurricane Harvey, and another region now bracing itself for the destruction Hurricane Irma brings with it, the U.S. Army has been playing an active role in the preparation, rescue, and recovery efforts for weeks now.  Thursday, as Florida prepares for Irma’s arrival, the Army released guidance to military personnel and civilians in the massive storm’s projected path, to help ensure Americans have what they need, whether sheltering in place, or preparing to evacuate.

The guidance, prepared by James Dean, the contingency planner with the Fort Stewart Directorate of Plans, Mobilization and Security at Fort Stewart, Georgia, has three simple tips that he believes will help ensure your safety, as well as the safety of your loved ones.

“Have a plan to evacuate; have a kit to support your family and pets for three days and stay informed,” Dean offered as advice before reminding all service members and civilians alike that September is National Preparedness Month and that it pays to be proactive, particularly for those living on the East coast.

“Most of the year, we’re in hurricane season — from May through November,” Dean said. “This is the height of the hurricane season. Most hurricanes happen in the Atlantic August and September.”