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Central Florida Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force. Presentation to the Board of County Commissioners April 29, 2008. History. 2004 Mayor Crotty reinstates the Central Florida Drowning Prevention Task Force Covering Orange County Approximately 7-10 members 2008
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Central Florida Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force Presentation to the Board of County Commissioners April 29, 2008
History • 2004 • Mayor Crotty reinstates the Central Florida Drowning Prevention Task Force • Covering Orange County • Approximately 7-10 members • 2008 • Task Force expands its mission and adopts a new name-Central Florida Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force • Membership increases to 27 members • Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties
Orange County Government Orange County Health Department 2-1-1 Community Resources Central Florida YMCA City of Orlando State Attorney’s Office-Seminole & Brevard Counties Gift of Swimming Orange County Sheriff’s Office-Children’s Safety Village American Red Cross of Central Florida Orange County Fire & Rescue Kissimmee Fire Department Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force
District 9 Medical Examiner Every Child A Swimmer Florida Hospital Orange TV The Pool Safety Resource Osceola Fire Rescue Department Winter Park Fire Department Osceola County Health Department Seminole County Health Department Orlando Regional Healthcare Southwest Aquatics Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force
Mission To increase water safety awareness by promoting and educating the community on resources and opportunities to prevent childhood drowning. Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force
Goals To reduce the number of children drowning To promote collaboration among water safety stakeholders to implement aquatic health and safety education programs To develop high-risk group drowning prevention activities To promote Levels of Safety Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force
Why Over the past 4 years we have experienced 27 drownings of individuals under the age of 18 This year there have been 4 deaths 65% occur in swimming pools 75% are age 5 or younger Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force
Speaker Ms. Kelly Oliver Douglass
Task Force Activities • Family Education • DVD • Brochure (Spanish, English & Creole) • Osceola Coloring Book • Swim Instruction • Head Start • Safe Start • Children at Risk • Children with Disabilities
Task Force Activities • Community Education • Health Fairs • Orange County Web-Site Citizen’s Safety • Orange TV • Transit TV-Lynx buses • Grants • Totaling $55,000
Dr. Kevin Sherin, Director Orange County Health Department
Primary Amoebic MeningoencephalitisOrange County Health Department and Florida Department of Health Response • State and national workgroup activities include: • creation of state and national database of cases • development of standard case definition • proposal to include PAM as reportable • development of updated public risk communication
Orange County Health Department and Florida Department of Health Response Risk communication: -newly developed public risk communication is found on our website- www.orchd.com, under “Hot topics” Proposal to make the disease reportable: - Not yet a law- progress can be tracked at https://www.flrules.org Rapid clinical test from CDC: - We are investigating the usefulness of the test in the clinical setting in Orange County
Task Force Plans For the Children • Children’s DVD For the Families • Mobile for Retail Stores • Video of pool alarms and barriers For Funding • Involve Corporate -Private sector • Additional Grant applications to fund our activities
Water Safety Awareness Kick-OffEvents • Governor declares April “Swimming Pool Month” • April 10-11, 2008 Water & Pool Safety Conference • April 15, 2008 -Water Safety Awareness Kick-off • April 21, 2008- Spring Fling –Belle Isle • May 3, 2008 Summer Safety event at Barnett Park
Central Florida Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Task Force Children Aren’t Waterproof