By The Associated Press

Arizona's summer rainy season has yet to arrive, but state officials want residents to prepare for the start of severe afternoon thunderstorms that produce lightning, high winds and flash flooding.

A proclamation by Gov. Jan Brewer designates June 10-15 as "monsoon awareness week."

The Arizona Division of Emergency Management recommends families identify a meeting place, account for members' special needs and designate an out-of-town contact. Authorities also recommend that families and individuals prepare emergency kits that include first aid supplies, food, water and a radio, along with a "go kit" of important documents, cash and phone charger.