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Several hurricane expos planned in the Bay Area

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Hurricane season starts at midnight. Are you ready for it? There are several events planned around the Bay Area this weekend to help you and your family prepare for the worst.

Dozens of community groups, businesses, and government agencies are taking over the Museum of Science & Industry Saturday for the Tampa Bay Hurricane Expo. You can come to get tips, ask questions, and take an up close look at all of the Bay area's life saving tools.

"We're really committed to doing everything that we can to ensure that we are prepared, that we have the best equipment, so that we can respond to the needs," explained Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Preston Cook. "We're testing it just to make sure we're ready as well. We want citizens to do the same."

Tampa Police officers will be there to show off their tactical response unit. It's used regularly during SWAT situations, but could double as a hurricane rescue vehicle.

"This vehicle floats in the water and so if we had to do search and rescue, had to get through certain areas, this vehicle here would have no problems doing that," explained Tampa Police Officer Roy Paz. "We could take this right out into the Bay."

The free expo is Saturday from 9 AM-2 PM at MOSI in Tampa.  News Channel 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann will take part in a panel discussion there at 1 PM.

The Polk County Hurricane Expo is Saturday from 9AM- 2 PM at Lake Eva Hall in Haines City.  News Channel 8 Meteorologist Leigh Spann will be there at 9:30 AM.

Hernando County's Hurricane Expo is also Saturday from 9 AM- 2 PM at Weeki Watchee Springs State Park.  News Channel 8 Chief Meteorologist Steve Jerve is speaking on the panel there at noon.@

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