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Town of Leland to Host Fourth Annual Hurricane Expo

Town of Leland to Host Fourth Annual Hurricane Expo

The Town of Leland will host its fourth annual Hurricane Expo on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, located at 1212 Magnolia Village Way.

The Hurricane Expo is an opportunity for residents to prepare for a potential hurricane by offering a one stop shop for emergency resources, answering storm-related questions, and making key stakeholders and partner agencies available. Residents are invited to receive valuable information and training from local, state, and federal experts on what to expect and how to prepare by participating in workshops, a public safety roundtable, and visiting with community organizations and partners.

One workshop will feature experts from the National Weather Service delving into the hurricane season outlook. Town staff will guide another workshop to offer insights into flood zone hazards, stormwater management, and the Town’s recent acceptance into FEMA’s Community Rating System program. Both workshops will be offered at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.   

Residents are also encouraged to participate in a public safety roundtable at 12:30 p.m. This panel, comprised of Town staff, the National Weather Service, and Brunswick County Emergency Management, will address questions related to hurricane preparedness.

“The Hurricane Expo offers each resident, new and seasoned, the opportunity to equip themselves with the knowledge and resources to weather any storm,” Emergency Management Chief John Grimes said. “Together, we can continue building a resilient community ready to face the challenges of hurricane season head-on.” 

The Hurricane Expo will include a touch-a-truck and kid-friendly activity area to allow community members to learn about fire engines and swift water rescue equipment. Other public safety agencies will also have apparatus on display throughout the day.

Town of Leland staff from Fire/Rescue, Police, Public Works, and Planning and Inspections departments will be part of the Hurricane Expo. Other participating agencies include Brunswick County Emergency Management, Brunswick County EMS, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, National Weather Service, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Red Cross, N.C. Cooperative Extension Agency, and WWAY-TV.

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