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Port Tampa Bay to Host May 1st Hurricane Prep Exercise

Port Tampa Bay is deeply committed to resiliency and emergency preparation, including for natural disasters like hurricanes. Port Tampa Bay is an energy gateway for Central Florida and it is critically important that our maritime community remains vigilant and proactive against inclement and severe weather.

Port Tampa Bay will be hosting its 11th annual Hurricane Preparedness Exercise on Monday, May 1, 2023. This year, there will be a presentation by the National Weather Service who will educate attendees on services and products that are available during the approach of a storm, what they are, and how they can be used. The National Weather Service will also lead the discussion on past seasons, outlook for the upcoming season, useful storm product updates and provide a thought-provoking Situational Storm Scenario.  

“One of the most important things any Floridian does each year is prepare for hurricane season and our port prides ourselves on emergency preparedness. We help our community following severe storms by remaining operational to move fuel and cargo from ship to store. This annual exercise ensures we are working effectively with our partners and local emergency response agencies,” explained Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay President & CEO.

Each year, the Hurricane Preparedness Exercise is held with the National Weather Service to refine and improve the port’s response to a storm. The port invites several external partners including the United States Coast Guard; Customs, Border and Protection; Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office; CSX Railroad; various tug companies; and port tenants, among others. The meeting is open to the public and designed to help several emergency response agencies talk through a response to a severe storm.

The National Weather Service will also lead the discussion on other weather events, such as the strong fronts (which have the potential to cause damage locally and disrupt shipping), as well as fog events, and low water warnings. As we approach hurricane season, Port Tampa Bay will continue to minimize risks and increase emergency preparedness to keep our communities running and our citizens safe.