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Disaster Date:09/27/2022

Venice, FL


What Happened

Hurricane Ian struck Florida on September 27, 2022, as a Category 4 hurricane. With the wind speed of just short of a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Ian was the fifth most powerful storm to ever hit the country. This hurricane was the deadliest hurricane to strike the state of Florida since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. Hurricane Ian caused catastrophic damage. Damage was mostly from flooding from rain and storm surge. Of course, a lot of damage was caused by the intense wind. Millions were left without power.

What MDS Is Doing

MDS volunteers will be focused on repair and rebuilding work. 


Venice is located within Sarasota County in southwest Florida. The town has a population of about 25,000 people. The climate is generally hot and humid in the summer and warm, drier in the winter. It's known for Venice Beach, with its offshore coral reef, and Caspersen Beach, where shark teeth are often found.