Emergency Management


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
  • Provide training for government, non-government, and private sector organizations on disaster volunteer and donations management
  • Mobilize and deploy resources to assist communities responding to and recovering from disaster
  • Operate the ESF (Emergency Service Function) 15 and deploy trained Volunteer Florida staff to assist the Florida Division of Emergency Management if necessary
  • Operate the Volunteer and Donations Hotline and the Florida Donations Portal



Volunteer Florida is proud to partner with the following organizations before, during, and after emergencies. Contact one of these organizations to make a cash donation or to find disaster volunteer opportunities.



Florida Disaster Fund Notice Of Funding Opportunity

Volunteer Florida is pleased to announce the availability of Florida Disaster Fund grant funding. Proposals are due by June 9, 2017.

The Florida Disaster Fund, which is administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, is the state’s private official fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover from 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. Established in 2004, the Florida Disaster Fund has received almost $27 million in private contributions and allocated funding to more than 300 nonprofit organizations working on response and recovery across Florida’s disaster-impacted communities.

The Volunteer Florida Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for nonprofits, service organizations, and faith-based organizations to meet disaster recovery needs resulting from Hurricane Matthew in 2016. The total funding available for this RFP is $100,000. Grants will range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Eligible applicants must be a long-term recovery, faith-based or community organization that maintains a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status and participates in an existing or developing long-term recovery committee or organization. Additional eligibility requirements can be found within the RFP.

Visit our Grants page to learn more.

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.

There is no overhead funding; 100% of funds raised will go toward those in need. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible.

The Florida Disaster Fund distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery. Individuals seeking financial assistance should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA or www.disasterassistance.gov.

Donate by Credit Card:


Donate by Check:

Please make check out to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and mail to:

Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attn: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way - Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL 32311

Please include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.

Florida Disaster Fund Sponsors: We are extremely grateful to our generous sponsors who provide critical funding for the Florida Disaster Fund. To see a listing of sponsors, click here.

If you have additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please contact info@volunteerflorida.org or call (850)-414-7400.


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.


Available Grants Current Grantees Florida Division of Emergency Management FDEM Training Calendar FEMA

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> I need to download CERT reporting forms




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.


Note - As you find these materials helpful and adapt them for your use, please give appropriate and prominent credit to Volunteer Florida.