Tropical Storm Cristobal took shape yesterday, over the Bay of Campeche. The National Hurricane Center says the system is forecast to start moving northward across the Gulf of Mexico later this week. The Hurricane Center says it is too early to be more specific on the location and timing of potential impact on the U.S. Gulf Coast. Those who know say now is the time to prepare for a Hurricane or other tropical weather. For those who, in the event of a damaging storm, will need some kind of assistance if heavy storm damage should occur, be sure to register with the state's 211 assistance system. Do that by dialing 211 from your cell phone or landline and provide them with the info on the help you may need. The fact you may have signed up for help fleeing the storm last year is not sufficient. Those records were destroyed and those who many need help this year must sign up again. Emergency management officials also urge that everyone should prepare an emergency supply kit with non-perishable food supplies, water, medication, battery-powered or hand-crank emergency radios. For a full list of supplies that may be needed during a disaster visit ready.gov. You can stay up to date with the Liberty County Emergency Management Office on Facebook. To find the office on Facebook, just search for Liberty County Office of Emergency Management.