Annual hurricane conference starts Thursday

The 2013 Mid Coast Hurricane & Disaster Conference opens at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

Sessions are offered in three tracks, for first responders, for business owners and for citizens and home owners.

The keynote speaker during the lunch session starting at 11:45 a.m. is Victor Wells, a paramedic who is the program manager of the Emergency Medical Task Force of Texas.

The closing session at 3:30 p.m. features John Metz of the National Weather Service.

Registration at the door is $25. The conference is an annual event of the Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross in conjunction with area partners and sponsors.