Get ready for storm season at 2018 Hurricane Expo
PORT ST. LUCIE – With Hurricanes Matthew and Irma still fresh on most Treasure Coast residents’ minds, the City of Port St. Lucie’s 2018 Hurricane Expo will provide a one-stop shop to help prepare for this year’s storm season.
Mark your calendar for the 12th annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center – where residents and businesses can get crucial storm-related information from more than 50 vendors at one convenient location.
The 2018 Hurricane Expo is expected to draw about 1,500 attendees to the Civic Center at 9221 SE Civic Center Place. The Expo is the City’s premier storm preparation event that connects residents with businesses and emergency services providers. Being prepared is the key to protecting your home and loved ones during a severe storm.
This year’s Expo will focus on education and will include informative presentations from meteorologists and key community organizations. The presenters include: Meteorologist Steve Weagle of WPTV, Meteorologist Mike Lyons of WPBF, Meteorologist William Ulrich of the National Weather Service, City and County Emergency Management staff and Waste Pro. U.S. Rep. Brian Mast also is scheduled to speak at this year’s event.
The Expo will feature a variety of preparedness vendors, such as businesses that focus on storm shutters and generators and government agencies. The 2018 Expo also will have a few fun new editions, such as a wind tunnel and photo booth. Two large home hurricane supply kits will be raffled off, and those who attend a presentation will receive a free Hurricane Expo T-shirt while supplies last.
A full schedule for the event will be available on the Hurricane Expo website in the coming weeks. The event and parking will be free and open to the public. A free SKYWARN Basic Spotter Training class taught by the National Weather Service will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 2 at the Civic Center. Pre-registration is required for this free course, which trains participants to become weather spotters to provide real-time reports of tornadoes, hail, winds, flooding and hurricane damage. Register for the class here.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts until November 30.