Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Presented by: North Carolina Division of Social Services 2009
Definition Of A Disaster The occurrence of a storm, hurricane, fire, flood, pandemic or other catastrophe in which: The Regular Food and Nutrition Services is unable to respond to food needs and/or The commercial channel of food distribution is disrupted.
Pandemic • Social Distancing • Operation of DFNS Program during Pandemic conditions • Planning • www.pandemicFlu.gov
KNOW YOUR FEEDING OPTIONS Mass Feeding Sites * Distribution of Commodities * Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Program
EVALUATION OF OPTIONS • Has commercial food distribution been affected by the disaster? • Will the ongoing Food and Nutrition Services Program meet the need? • Are retail food stores operational? • Will households be able to use an EBT card?
PRIOR TO A DISASTER Review Your Local Disaster Plan 1. ALTERNATE SITE LOCATIONS • Keep in mind the needs of your agency and staff. • How many alternate sites do you have in your plan and who is the contact person for each site? • Consider computer connections, sufficient parking, telephones, bathroom facilities, office supplies and other needs.
PRIOR TO A DISASTER Review Your Local Disaster Plan 2. COUNTY STAFFING • Policy and EBT issues contact persons • Shelter operations • Division of staff (teams, expertise, duties, etc.) • Adequate staff for large numbers of applicants • Identify Bi-lingual staff • Staff applications • Volunteers
PRIOR TO A DISASTER Review Your Local Disaster Plan 3. TRAINING • Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Policy • Fraud Prevention and Program Integrity • Public Relations • Personnel Matters
PRIOR TO A DISASTER Review Your Local Disaster Plan 4. CROWD CONTROL • Utilize DSS staff • DSS Security Officers • Law Enforcement Officers • Special accommodations for the elderly, persons with disabilities, and sick
PRIOR TO A DISASTER Review Your Local Disaster Plan 5. MEDIA RELEASES • Media Releases by State and County • Use facts from State Office and County Emergency Management • Include Who, What , When and Where for disaster recovery • Pre-Storm Press Release
PRIOR TO A DISASTER Review Informational Websites N.C. Department of Health and Human Services http://www.ncdhhs.gov/docs/hurricane.htm *** N.C. Department of Crime Control and Public Safety www.readync.org *** Food and Nutrition Services Disaster Manual http://info.dhhs.state.nc.us/olm/manuals/dss/ei-70/man/
PRIOR TO A DISASTER Develop a Plan “B”
Disaster Food and Nutrition Services Application Review