Published: May 20, 2011 7:19 PM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2011 7:20 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The director of the National Hurricane Center says Haiti's ability to respond to tropical storms remains his greatest concern for the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season.

Bill Read said Friday that he wasn't sure Haiti had enough shelters if the earthquake-stricken Caribbean country took a direct hit from a hurricane.

Read joined emergency managers, meteorologists, first responders and government officials from around the U.S. in Fort Lauderdale this week to prepare for the six-month hurricane season that begins June 1.

Last year was one of the busiest hurricane seasons on record. Haiti, Mexico and some Caribbean islands suffered the worst storm damage.

No major hurricane has made a U.S. landfall since 2005. Read says he's worried that U.S. coastal residents have grown complacent and forgetful about their hurricane risks.

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