NORFOLK- North Carolina and Virginia will work hand in hand if a major storm hits the Outer Banks this hurricane season.
Emergency management departments in both states will help evacuate residents in the event of a disaster.
In 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused damage in North Carolina forcing the temporary closure of Highway 12 along Hatteras Island.
North Carolina agencies have been holding exercises for months and plans are in place to help the 13 coastal counties if necessary.
"The more training you have the better your going to respond," said Gov. Pat McCrory at a news conference Thursday. "It's not if it's going to occur, it's when it's going to occur," he added.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts three to six major hurricanes could emerge for the 2013 season. They urge residents to be prepared with well stocked emergency kits and an evacuation plan in place.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
May 31 is the last day to take advantage of the tax free holiday for emergency supplies in Virginia.