Convention center hosting hurricane expo

Conway, SC - CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – With hurricane season approaching, Horry County and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce want to make sure residents are prepared for the possibility of tropical weather.

The two are hosting the fifth annual Hurricane Preparedness Conference and Expo Monday at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The conference is free and starts at 8 a.m.

This year's theme is "HurriICANe Survival" and will feature many general sessions, including:

  • 2010 Hurricane Season Update- Steve Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Wilmington office of the National Weather Service and Randy Webster, Horry County Emergency Management Director.
  • Me, My House and Why?-Alicia Bastian, Horry County Emergency Management Natural Hazards Planner, will explore options for the homeowners on how to not only prepare your family for a Hurricane, but your home as well.
  • The Next 72 is on You-The session will educated the public on what can happen after a hurricane, how the recovery process will take place and what you can do to be prepared.

Atlantic hurricane season runs June 1 through the end of November. Forecasters say cooler ocean temperatures in the Pacific and warmer temperatures in the Atlantic increases the risk for the East Coast to be slammed by a hurricane this season.

Nine named storms developed last season. Three became hurricanes, and none came ashore in the U.S.

For additional information or to register in advance, contact the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce at (843) 916-7232. The Conference is free and the first 300 registered participants will receive free lunch sponsored by Santee Cooper.

Copyright 2010 WMBF News. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.