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Annual Hurricane Expo is May 4-5

Post Date:04/11/2018 9:47 AM
2018 Hurricane Expo SIGThe City of Venice is once again partnering with the Venice Gondolier Sun to hold a two-day Hurricane Expo on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 at the Venice Community Center, as a public service prior to hurricane season from June through November. The Expo runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
Speakers from the City that Friday will be Police Chief Tom Mattmuller, Fire Chief Shawn Carvey and City Engineer Kathleen Weeden. Speakers from Sarasota County Emergency Management, the Sheriff’s Office, Red Cross and Suncoast Humane Society are also planned, along with ABC-7 meteorologist Bob Harrigan, who emphasizes, “We’re here to prepare you, not scare you.”
Harrigan will speak at 11 a.m. both days of the Expo.
Speaker topics will include storm prep, the role of emergency services, stormwater/flooding, shelters, insurance, pets, common myths and misconceptions, and what to do following a hurricane. Staff at the Gondolier are finalizing the speaker schedule, which will be printed in the newspaper.
Hurricane_IrmaThe Community Center, located at 326 Nokomis Ave. S., will have seating for 300 people to listen to speakers, and standing room for more. Around 30 vendors offering invaluable hurricane-related products and services, raffles and other giveaways are planned. Food and drinks will be available. Interested in being a vendor? Email Judy Braham at
An estimated 2,500 people attended the Expo over two days in May 2017. More are expected this year following the area’s experience with Hurricane Irma last September.
Be prepared for hurricane season and plan to attend this informative Expo!