May 29, 2019

Hurricane Season Preparedness


Did you know the 2019 hurricane season starts on June 1st and will run until November 30th? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near-normal” hurricane season this year, with between two and four major hurricanes expected.


Don’t wait to prepare! Hurricanes (and their aftermath) can be especially scary for kids. But hurricane preparedness can help reduce the perceived fear surrounding emergencies by providing children with understanding and control.



Preparing for a Hurricane


  • Talk to children about hurricanes. Explain to them what could happen in the event of a hurricane, using simple, age-appropriate words. Outline an emergency plan for the whole family, with an evacuation plan and meeting location and emphasize that their safety is your utmost priority.
  • Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of children’s critical information if you need to evacuate
  • Practice evacuation drills. Once you’ve created your evacuation plan and talked with your children about it, it’s time to practice.
  • Learn your children’s school or daycare disaster plans. If a child attends school, daycare or an after-school program, ask for the facility’s emergency plan in the event of a hurricane. Learn their procedures for evacuation, notifying parents and if there is an alternate pick up location.
  • Stay informed. Use a NOAA Weather Radio or listen to a local station on a portable, battery-powered radio or television. Be ready to act if a Hurricane Warning is issued. Know the differences between a Hurricane Watch and Warning.


During a Hurricane


  • Evacuate if instructed to do so. If you are instructed by local authorities, or if you feel unsafe, you should evacuate. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges. Local officials may close certain roads, especially near the coast, when effects of the hurricane reach the coast.
  • Stay indoors, if not evacuated. If you aren’t advised to evacuate, or are unable to do so safely, stay indoors, away from windows, skylights and doors. Continue to monitor weather reports and don’t go outside until the storm has passed. Downed trees, live electrical wires and other hazards can crop up unexpectedly
  • Keep routines. Children experience comfort from rituals and routines, like a story before bedtime or special words spoken at mealtimes. If at all possible, keep these routines, even if you’re in temporary housing or eating fast food.


Ready.Gov Hurricane Information


FEMA - How to Prepare for a Hurricane

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QPI/Just in Time Live Webinar: Supporting Respectful Partnerships: Co-Parenting, May 29, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Eastern)


The Florida Department of Children and Families Partnership Plan recognizes the need for children to have continuity in their relationships with their birth parents. In recognizing this need, the plan calls for caregivers and agency staff to partner together to assist birth parents in improving their ability to care for and protect their children, and further provides that partners will act in a supportive and respectful manner that allows children to maintain ties to their family. While the words “co-parenting” are not used in the Partnership Plan, the expectations are clear; co-parenting is an essential element to providing quality parenting to children.


We look forward to you joining us on this webcast as we continue to learn how quality parenting for children requires supportive, respectful partnerships through co-parenting.


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Statewide Conference: Florida Coalition for Children 2019 Annual Conference, July 8-10, 2019, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL


The Florida Coalition for Children Foundation’s 2019 Annual Conference will be focused on the agencies and individuals who work on the behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected and at-risk children. The conference is expected to see over 700 attendees, 30 exhibitors and provide access to continuing education units.


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