Hurricane Workshop Today at George R. Brown Convention Center

With the start of hurricane season just a day away now, weather experts and local government officials are leading-out in a hurricane workshop in progress this evening at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston Public Radio's Jack Williams reports.

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The workshop includes subjects like Hurricane 101, Evacuation of the Houston-Galveston region, Do you have the Right Insurance? and Are you ready? This less than a year after Katrina and Rita and the memory of Allison still fresh in the minds of many local residents. Bill Read is the meteorologist in charge at the Houston-Galveston National Weather Service.

"There seems to be a lot more interest in hurricanes just about anywhere in the country along the coast after the last two hurricane seasons and the devastation they've wrought."

Read says now is the time for residents to make sure they're ready for what could be an active hurricane season.

"We use the month of May to start ramping-up everybody's awareness that it's rapidly approaching and we use storms like Tropical Storm Allison a few years back to prove to people that we can get the effects of tropical systems as early as the first week of June."

The National Weather Service began the workshops specifically for emergency officials, after Hurricane Alicia back in 1983.

"We're aiming it almost totally at the general public now. We have separate meetings with emergency management to go over the technical and somewhat dry points that we have to do for all our plans. But this is all aimed for public education."

Today's workshop begins at 4 pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The workshop is free and is sponsored by Centerpoint Energy.

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