DCF Prepares for 2015 Hurricane Season with Food for Florida Exercise

Media Advisory:
June 9, 2015

Ana M. Valdes, DCF Southern Region Communications Director, 786-257-5056

Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, 850-717-4450

DCF Prepares for 2015 Hurricane Season with Food for Florida Exercise
More than 150 Employees to Participate in Drill to Ready Food for Florida Program

MIAMI— Hurricane Season has officially begun and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will be preparing by running a mock disaster exercise on Thursday in Miami. The mock disaster is part of a two-day exercise to test and train department employees to deploy the Food for Florida program.

More than 150 DCF employees will participate in the mock disaster to test equipment and ensure that the department is ready to quickly distribute food benefits to eligible families if a disaster strikes. Jeri Flora, the department’s Director of Economic Self-Sufficiency will be available to speak about the mock disaster exercise and the efforts the department is undergoing to prepare for the upcoming storm season.

The exercise will also give department fraud investigators an opportunity to hone their skills at detecting individuals trying to scam the system. Andrew McClenahan, the department’s Director of Public Benefits Integrity will be available to talk about fraud prevention in a disaster scenario.

    • WHAT: Mock Disaster Exercise to Test DCF’s Food for Florida Program
    • WHEN: Media availability – June 11, 9:30 – 10 a.m.
    • WHERE: Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Road (SW 40th Street), Miami, FL