Personal Reflections from the President & CEO
President & CEO
“Be prepared” should not only be the Boy Scouts’ motto, it should be the motto of all South Floridians as hurricane season approaches. June kicks off Hurricane Season and is designated Hurricane Preparedness Month. There are plenty of websites out there which review the standard hurricane preparation protocols, including keeping a list of important phone numbers and papers in a safe location, developing a supply checklist and purchasing hurricane staples like batteries and bottled water.
What some of you may not know is what JFS does prior to and post storm. Pre-storm our staff helps to identify our most vulnerable clients and we make sure we have proper contact information for them. We also put together approximately 450 hurricane packages that will be delivered to 450 JFS clients who receive assistance through the Jacobson Family Food Pantry, our financial assistance department and those who are seen by our case managers. The package contains an information kit from FPL, a flashlight with batteries, glow stick and non-perishable foods including water, applesauce, raisins, tuna fish, crackers and granola bars.
While JFS is not a first responder agency, we work closely with Palm Beach County Emergency Operations and other county agencies to ensure that following a storm we help identify clients in need of services as well as help go out in the community to let people know we are here and try to identify how we can help. We did this most recently after the severe flooding in King’s Point and helped by providing emergency financial assistance for many homeowner’s who did not have flood insurance but suffered major damage to their apartments. Anyone needing our services should call our main number, 561.852.3333, so that we can have a case manager be in touch with you. Wishing everyone a safe summer and a mild hurricane season.