Hurricane season kicks off today and the largest hurricane preparedness event in the nation is being held today in downtown Houston. The 2013 Houston/Galveston National Weather Service Hurricane Workshop, sponsored by the City of Houston and CenterPoint Energy is expecting a huge turnout. More than 4,000 community members attended last year with more expected this year.
Organizers say the workshop, which is free and open to the public, is a great opportunity to learn the latest on what to do incase of an emergency. CenterPoint spokesperson Olivia Ross says "It's a great opportunity to learn more about what we expect, the predictions for the 2013 season, and to learn how to build a kit for the hurricane season."
Attendees will be updated on hurricane forecasting techniques as well as the region's latest hurricane outlook for this hurricane season. Emergency management experts will also explain the latest plans for hurricane preparedness and evacuations along the Texas coast.
Harris County's Judge Emmett told Matt Patrick Friday morning on Houston's Morning News that local government agencies have a plan in place to keep residents safe if a hurricane does develop, but pointed out that residents, especially new resident who have never experienced a hurricane, need to learn more about them. Galveston officials are also prepared. Hear it here:
The workshop is being held at the George R. Brown Convention Center - Exhibit Hall D from 10a.m.-3p.m. today only and includes givaways for hurricane survival kits as well as TVs and DVD players.