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Florida Children's Preparedness Coalition

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The Florida Children’s Preparedness Coalition is a multi-agency and multi-organization coalition created to ensure the emergency preparedness and response needs of children are planned for and integrated across the state of Florida. This partnership enables a lasting and long-reaching impact in successfully addressing children’s needs when a disaster or emergency strikes. This group is also tasked with leveraging the many state, local, tribal and federal resources identified to serve children.

The immediate goals of the Florida Children’s Preparedness Coalition include: statewide health care coalition involvement, creation of state preparedness guidance for children, and the development of children’s preparedness awareness resources.

The mission and goals of the Florida Children’s Preparedness Coalition are strategically aligned with the recommendations of the Florida Public Health and Health Care Strategic Plan, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Department of Homeland Security’s National Target Capabilities List, and the 2010 National Commission on Children and Disasters.

The Florida Children’s Preparedness Coalition meets quarterly and currently has over 20 partner organizations. 

2015 Meeting Schedule:
January 22, 2015
April 23, 2015 (cancelled)
July 23, 2015
October 22, 2015

We welcome participation from children organizations and emergency management organizations that have a specific interest in the health, safety and well-being of children before, during and after emergencies and disasters.

Meeting Minutes 




  • October 22, 2013
  • (Note: From June 2013 until October 2013, there was an unintended hiatus due to changes in the program.


Information for Next Quarterly Meeting

JULY 23, 2015

2–3 p.m. (E.S.T.)

Workgroup Center 

State Health Care Coalition Involvement Workgroup—Lead: Ashley Lee

  • Workgroup members are asked to become familiar with their local Florida Health Care Coalition and encourage pediatric/children’s preparedness involvement from the local pediatric preparedness/children's community.

State Children and Pediatric Preparedness Guidance Workgroup—Lead: Mike Haney

  • The Florida Children’s Disaster Coalition developed and disseminated a gap assessment survey for the Healthcare Coalitions focused on the hospitals in Florida. This workgroup will continue to work with partners to assess the needs of children.
  • Members are asked to continue work on the State Pediatric and Children's Preparedness Guidance template and make suggestions to build the document.

Education and Awareness Workgroup—Lead: Jackie McCullough

  • A Children/Family Awareness brochure has been developed and will be distributed to schools in Florida.
  • Please share any available resources and children's preparedness trainings you feel will benefit our citizens and partners.