The following publications are offered to promote and facilitate the effective coordination of voluntary resources both before and after disasters. These materials, which may be downloaded and adapted to your needs, are the original work of Volunteer Florida.
- Disaster Guide for Floridians with Disabilities
- Disaster Mitigation Guide
- Establishing an Unmet Needs Coalition
- G 288 – Local Volunteer and Donations Management – Student Manual
- G 489 – Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disasters – Student Manual
- Unaffiliated Volunteers in Response and Recovery
- Unaffiliated Volunteer Management – 2004 Hurricane Case-Study
- Volunteers and Donations in Disaster Brochure
Note – As you find these materials helpful and adapt them for your use, please give appropriate and prominent credit to Volunteer Florida.
SERVING DURING DISASTERS
When disaster strikes, Floridians immediately search for ways to serve affected communities. You can support disaster relief efforts by connecting to available volunteer opportunities through Volunteer Connect.
STEP 1: REGISTER FOR VOLUNTEER CONNECT HERE.
You can then sign up for any opportunities you wish.
STEP 2: ADD YOUR INFORMATION TO OUR VOLUNTEER REGISTRY HERE.
If our partner organizations need potential volunteers, we will provide this resource to them.
STEP 3: BROWSE VOLUNTEER CONNECT FOR OPPORTUNITIES HERE.
Complete the Location and Distance fields for possible opportunities in your area.
STEP 4: PLEASE DO NOT SELF-DEPLOY
For your safety and to support trained emergency response teams, please confirm with a disaster relief organization the need for volunteers and approval for your participation.
STEP 5: REMEMBER TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK*.
Be sure to have a clear understanding of volunteer assignments, safety measures and points of contact.
WHAT YOU ALSO NEED TO KNOW:
- Immediate assistance for affected areas is provided by first responders, government groups, disaster relief organizations and affiliated volunteers who have already trained to serve.
- Each organization that mobilizes volunteers during disasters has its own process for accepting and managing unaffiliated volunteers.
- As our partner organizations assess needs and evaluate resources, they will begin to organize volunteer opportunities for unaffiliated (individuals who are not already connected to an organization) volunteers.
- Remember that recovery work continues for weeks, months and even years after disaster events occur. Organizations may have a significant need for volunteers in the weeks and months ahead.
*Volunteer Florida does not vet volunteer opportunities, but serves as a connector between organizations with volunteer needs and individuals who wish to serve. Please see Volunteer Connect Terms and Conditions here.