The 2013 Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo will kick off Saturday at the Museum of Science and Industry, coinciding with the first day of hurricane season.
Organizers Friday morning gave the media an inside look at what to expect during the event.
This year's theme is resiliency and the slogan is "Thrive. Survive. Stay Alive," with the focus of the expo being how to recover successfully after a storm.
During Friday's preview, emergency crews opened up the doors to several response vehicles, including Hillsborough County's Mobile Command Vehicle, which is the central communications center during a storm, and a Search and Rescue unit from Tampa Fire and Rescue.
People attending the event will learn what to do before, during and after a storm. Authorities said preparedness is as important as learning how to bounce back after a storm comes through; keeping a three-day supply of food and water is a necessity, as is have ample batteries at home.
The National Weather Service is expecting hurricane season, which lasts through the end of October, to produce a greater-than-normal number of named storms.
Officials recommend families review evacuation routes on hillsboroughcounty.org and come up with an escape plan should a hurricane move toward the Tampa Bay area.
The Hurricane Expo is scheduled to go from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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