Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. In partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Volunteer Florida:
- Coordinates with Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and local and state government emergency management agencies to meet volunteer and donation needs
- Provides staffing during activation of the State Emergency Operations Center
- Provides training and presentations on the roles of government and nongovernmental organizations in disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation
- Provides fiscal and program management for federal, state, and privately funded programs
- Provides training for government, non-government, and private sector organizations on disaster volunteer and donations management
- Mobilizes and deploys resources to assist communities responding to and recovering from disaster
- Operates the ESF (Emergency Service Function) 15 and deploys trained Volunteer Florida staff to assist the Florida Division of Emergency Management if necessary
- Operates the Volunteer and Donations Hotline and the Florida Donations Portal
Download the FLVOAD Guidelines for Volunteers and Volunteer Organizations During COVID-19 Outbreak in Florida (PDF, 128kb)
Immediately following disasters, individuals seeking financial assistance should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA or www.disasterassistance.gov.
Would you like to partner with Volunteer Florida to help Floridians recover from a disaster? Partnering with VF is a great way to stay connected and informed when disasters occur. As a partner, VF will:
1. Add your organization to a capabilities matrix and an e-mail notification listing of all current MOU partners for use during any Emergency Management Operation or any activation of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC);
2. Notify you though the Florida Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (FLVOAD) when the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) activates the SEOC and Joint Field Office (JFO) and provide updates on activities as necessary;
3. Solicit input from you regarding ESF 15 plans and operations when appropriate;
4. Update you on any changes in Volunteer Florida ESF 15 personnel or contact information;
5. Alert you of any grant opportunities available from the Florida Disaster Fund;
If you are a 501c3, a faith based, or other volunteer organization with an emergency management role and would like to become a partner, contact Katie Troncoso at Katie@volunteerflorida.org with your organization’s information and a brief description of the role you play. You will receive a link to fill out an application for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner with us.
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.
Funds raised will go toward disaster-related response and recovery. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible. Up to 3%, however, no more than $30,000 will be taken from each donation to cover administrative costs, including but not limited to staff salary, indirect costs and credit card and bank transaction fees.
The Florida Disaster Fund distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery.
Donate by Credit Card
Text to Give
To make a onetime donation of $10, text the word DISASTER to 20222 and a one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.
To make a onetime donation of $25, text the word DISASTER25 to 20222 and a one-time donation of $25.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance.
Donate by Check
Please make check out to the Volunteer Florida Foundation (include "Florida Disaster Fund" in the memo line) and mail to:
Volunteer Florida Foundation
1545 Raymond Diehl Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
If you have additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please call (850) 414-7400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA OR ONLINE AT www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com, REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. REGISTRATION #: CH39234
Volunteer Florida is proud to administer Florida’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program in partnership with FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). CERT is a training program that prepares Floridians to help their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster in their community. Through CERT, citizens can learn about disaster preparedness and receive training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With this training, Florida volunteers can provide critical support in their local communities by giving immediate assistance to victims before emergency first responders arrive on scene. CERT volunteers also support the community year-round by participating in community preparedness outreach activities and distributing materials on disaster preparedness and education.
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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.
- Continuity of Operations for Community Based Organizations - PDF Format
- Continuity of Operations for Community Based Organizations - Word Format
- Disaster Guide for Floridians with Disabilities
- Establishing an Unmet Needs Coalition
- Disaster Mitigation Guide
- 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.