CERT expo helps locals get ready for hurricane season

By Ava

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) Using hammers is one way{}kids are learning how to be prepared, while their parents{}also get ready{}for the 2013 hurricane season at the{}Lowe's Hurricane Preparedness Expo.

"What we try to do is set up an area or a venue where people can come out and meet their emergency services providers and get the latest information," said Tom Crosby, the chairman of the Lowcountry CERT.

Crosby said people need to be reminded of all the changes to flood plains, evacuation routes and overall hurricane preparedness.

"We help people plan on what needs to be done, protect their property and their families and prevent or minimize the damage," he said.

Crosby said that includes knowing where to take your pets, reminding people to purchase flood insurance and telling people new information like why shelters are no longer a safe option.

"They may not even have any shelters because of the problem of tidal surges in the area," said Crosby.

Crosby said this season people will be evacuated by zones.

"We are in a situation where we have a lot of people moving down here in the Charleston area that have never been through a hurricane," said Crosby.

Crosby said it's important for the Charlestonians who lived through Hurricane Hugo not to become complacent.

"Unfortunately, we live in a place where hurricanes are a reality, so the question is typically when, not if," said Sen. Tim Scott.

Scott attended the Hurricane Preparedness Expo to remind people to stay vigilant about the dangers the season can bring.

"1989 was such a big year for all of us. It made us a cohesive family in a way that very few things do. However, the devastation and the time without electricity, the number of families that were hurting -- this is why you see such a response that you see today," said Scott. {}

Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.