Venice Hurricane Expo
The City of Venice is once again partnering with the Venice Gondolier Sun to hold a one-day Hurricane Expo Friday, April 24 a at the Venice Community Center, as a public service prior to hurricane season from June through November. The Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Speakers from the City on Friday morning will be representatives from Fire and Police Departments, and City Engineer Kathleen Weeden. Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane is also scheduled to speak, as well as ABC-7 meteorologist Bob Harrigan, who emphasizes, “We’re here to prepare you, not scare you.” Harrigan will speak at 11 a.m.
Speaker topics will include storm prep, the role of emergency services, stormwater/flooding, evacuation centers and the County transportation plan, common myths and misconceptions, and what to do following a hurricane.
The Venice Gondolier Sun will publish a full speaker schedule in the newspaper.
The Venice Community Center, located at 326 Nokomis Ave. S., will have seating for 300 people to listen to speakers, and standing room for more. Vendors will be offering invaluable hurricane- and storm-related information, products and services, and raffles and other giveaways are planned. At the City of Venice table, there will be a raffle for three weather radios with batteries. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
An estimated 1,500 people attended the Expo last year. Be prepared for hurricane season and plan to attend this informative Expo!