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Preparing for the storm

"When the storm is actually coming, it's not the time to think, it's time to act," said Prokop. "So on a day like today, when the sun is shining, that's to time to think about it and make the plans." "When the storm is actually coming, it's not the time to think, it's time to act," said Prokop. "So on a day like today, when the sun is shining, that's to time to think about it and make the plans."
The Hurricane Expo helped people create a hurricane plan, plot evacuation routes, and showed them how to protect their home and valuables. The Hurricane Expo helped people create a hurricane plan, plot evacuation routes, and showed them how to protect their home and valuables.

By: Melanie Ruberti - bio| email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - For years, Christine Shuman has made it her mission to be under the big white tent in the Home Depot parking lot every July. She never misses the Hurricane Expo; and for good reason. She was part of the thousands of people who tried to evacuate Savannah during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

"It can be scary and intimidating. You don't know what's going to happen," said Christine. "I think that was the most scared I've ever been in my entire life."

But she and her daughter Cherryl were prepared and now they're determined to keep ahead of any future storms.

With the help of some familiar faces, like the WTOC Skytrak weather team, Christine and hundreds of other residents can be prepared for future storms as well.

The Hurricane Expo helped them create a hurricane plan, plot evacuation routes, and showed them how to protect their home and valuables.

"That's what the government is supposed to do, give you the tools so that you can help your families," said Georgia Insurance and Fire Commissioner, John Oxendine. "That's what this is all about."

According to WTOC Chief Meteorologist, Pat Prokop, in the 1800's the coastal empire and the state of Georgia was hit by 12 hurricanes. While Savannah and the surrounding area's haven't seen a significant storm in years, WTOC meteorologists say that doesn't mean we're out of the woods and people need to start preparing now.

"When the storm is actually coming, it's not the time to think, it's time to act," said Prokop. "So on a day like today, when the sun is shining, that's to time to think about it and make the plans."

Which is just what Marion Gruber and his grandson Peyton are doing; he went through Hurricane David and evacuated for Hurricane Floyd.

"I don't want to go through it again," he said.

But he knows it's a possibility and would rather be safe than sorry.

"I went out and bought a utility trailer to put everything in," said Marion. "So I think we're ready now, more than we were before."

Which is just what the Hurricane Expo is all about.

If you missed it and would like a hurricane evacuation guide you can pick one up at any Home Depot or Publix.

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