DCF Prepares for 2016 Hurricane Season with Food for Florida Exercise

Media Advisory:
May 12, 2016

DCF Prepares for 2016 Hurricane Season with Food for Florida Exercise
More than 150 Employees to Participate in Drill to Ready Food for Florida Program

OCALA— Hurricane Season will officially begin June 1, 2016, and the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will be preparing for the season by running a mock disaster exercise tomorrow in Ocala. 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. Bill D’Aiuto, Central Region Managing Director, 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 – May 13, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: Ocala Service Center, 1100 SW 38th Avenue Ocala FL 34474

** Press can park and enter through the back door

Contact: David Ocasio, DCF Central Region Communications, 407-264-1379
Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, 850-717-4450