12th Hurricane Expo gets residents prepared for hurricane season

JAMES ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - With hurricane season beginning June 1, one organization hosted an event to get Charleston residents prepared for potential natural disasters.

The Community Emergency Response Team hosted the 12th Hurricane Expo at James Island's Lowe's on Saturday.

Alan Laughlin, who helped organize the event, said he is hopeful that the expo will help residents understand the importance of being prepared.

"If even one person gets the idea of what we're trying to do, it's worthwhile," Laughlin said.

At the event, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division released its new Hurricane Guide to help.

Beginning June 1, the 2018 Hurricane Guide will be available at all South Carolina Welcome Centers, Walgreen's and at SCDMV offices.

SCEMD Chief of Public Information Derrec Becker said last year's hurricane is even more reason to be prepared this year.

"We've been hit pretty bad. Last year's hurricane season was horrible in terms of the country was affected by hurricanes," Becker said.  "We're expecting a pretty active season this year and we need folks to be ready."

Becker advises residents to research lane reversals options and stock up on supplies now.

"Talk to your family, look around your house. Think about all the things you didn't have during those last two storms. Now's the time to go get them," he said.

Becker also stressed the importance of being up to date on new evacuations procedures as the way residents evacuated for the last storm may be different this year.

On Friday, Dorcehster County announced its new hurricane evacuation zones.

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