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Manatee County residents invited to attend 3rd annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo

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MANATEE COUNTY – Are you ready for Hurricane Season? We can help!

Manatee County residents will have an opportunity to get expert advice on keeping themselves, their families and their property protected at Manatee County's third annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo.

The free event will be Thursday, May 18, 2023, from 4-7 p.m. at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard, Palmetto.

Manatee County Emergency Management officials are organizing the event, featuring dozens of vendors and opportunities to see life-saving rescue equipment and vehicles before they are pressed into emergency service—just like they were during Hurricane Ian last year.

"That storm was a reminder for all of us to stay prepared,” said acting Public Safety Director Jodie Fiske. “Now is the time to make sure you’re ready—from knowing your evacuation level to deciding what you’ll need in your hurricane kit."

Again, the event is free and open to the public, May 18, 2023, from 4-7 p.m.