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Media Advisory: June 20, 2014
Contact: Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, 850-717-4450
                   John Harrell, DCF Northeast Region Communications Director, 904-485-9675

DCF Launches Second Phase of Statewide Water Safety Campaign
Campaign continues in Jacksonville in partnership with DOH, YMCA, Red Cross and AHA

JACKSONVILLE—The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) will launch the second phase of its statewide Water Safety Campaign with a press conference at the Dupont Family YMCA Tuesday in partnership with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), statewide YMCAs, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association (AHA).

The second phase of the Water Safety Campaign stresses the importance of learning CPR to help prevent drowning deaths. When a child stops breathing, there is a small window of time in which resuscitation may occur. A water watcher who knows CPR can act quickly in an emergency and give EMTs a better chance to save a life. The campaign directs parents and caregivers to CPR classes and resources from the YMCA, Red Cross and AHA.

WHAT: Press conference to launch the second phase of the Water Safety Campaign


  • DCF Interim Secretary Mike Carroll
  • Deputy Secretary for Health and Deputy State Health Officer Dr. Celeste Philip
  • American Red Cross · American Heart Association
  • Dupont Family YMCA

WHEN: Tuesday, June 24, 10 a.m.

WHERE: Dupont Family YMCA, 7373 Old Kings Road South, Jacksonville, FL 32217

High resolution images, two drowning prevention PSAs and additional resources for media are available for distribution by visiting www.myflfamilies.com/watersafety.