A Message from the CEO on Hurricane Michael Preparedness
Hurricane Michael Preparedness
As Floridians prepare for Hurricane Michael to make landfall in the U.S. the Florida Coalition for Children wants to encourage everyone to take precautions and heed local community advisories and evacuation orders.
In a Monday, October 8th press release, Florida Gov. Rick Scott expanded a state of emergency to 35 counties as Hurricane Michael emerges closer to land. This declaration will provide important resources and assistance from the federal government, as well as free up funding sources for emergency protective measures.
Since then, FCC has been coordinating with our member agencies and the Department of Children & Families (DCF) to support the implementation of preparedness plans, ensure we are consistently communicating with families in care about evacuation plans and procedures and ensure resources are in place for a coordinated response after the storm.
As FCC member agencies continue to be focused on preparing in their communities, FCC will continue to be in constant communications with DCF and state officials as we continue to monitor Hurricane Michael’s progress and respond to any impacts in Florida.
As always you can reach out to us if there is anything we can be of assistance with by emailing [email protected].
Florida’s Child Welfare Agencies Are Prepared Throughout the State
Florida’s community-based care agencies each have Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) that are updated annually and address pre-incident, during and post-incident protocols.
Child welfare agencies all across the state began implementing the pre-incident phase early this week and coordinating on a regional level to support one another.
Provider agencies also have similar preparedness plans in place as well, including residential care facilities, which have been submitting their evacuation or shelter-in-place plans to their lead agencies and regional DCF officials.
These plans ensure that each family in our system of care is accounted for and that the lead agency knows where they will evacuate to if needed and how to reach them after the storm.
As you are preparing and responding, please share your efforts with us to ensure we can assist where needed and that FCC remains aware of your response as well as any additional resources we may be able to provide.
Also please remember to tag FCC in any of your social media communications regarding the hurricane and your emergency preparedness and response efforts.
The safety and security of all our members and the children and families in our care is our top priority. We encourage all of our families, partners, and employees to be safe as Hurricane Michael bears down on Florida.
In anticipation of Hurricane Michael, the FCC office will be closed on Wednesday and we will send updates as the week progresses. Please note that FCC will remain available to provide assistance by our office line (850) 561-1102 and at [email protected].
Be safe and always know that FCC stands ready to support our agencies and partners in preparation and as we need to respond and expedite any necessary recovery efforts.
You are all in our thoughts and prayers,