Hate to say it, but it’s that time: Villages hosting Hurricane Expo

After the wrath of last year’s storms, most Florida residents are painfully aware that June 1 marks the start of another hurricane season.

To help residents prepare, The Villages Public Safety is hosting the 13th annual Hurricane Expo from 10am-2pm Friday, May 4, at Rohan Recreation Center, 850 Kristine Way, near Morse Boulevard and State Road 44. The public is invited, and you do not need to be a Villager to attend. Admission is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable items for local food banks.

A wide array of government agencies and local businesses will help expo visitors learn how to prepare for a storm and how to receive recovery assistance if a hurricane does hit close to home. Among the topics the expo will address are disaster supply kits, special needs registration, managing health issues, inland threats and hazards, and insurance.

Andrew Sussman, hurricane program manager with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, will be on hand. The expo lineup also typically includes representatives from Lake and Sumter counties’ emergency operations teams, meteorologists, and numerous vendors. A One Blood bus also will be onsite for blood donations. For more information, contact emergency resource specialist Lt. John Longacre at 352.205.8280 or john.longacre@districtgov.org, or email public education technician Norm Cathell at norman.cathell@districtgov.org.