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
  • 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.

Donor must be age 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder (e.g. parents). By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the “Florida Disaster Fund” by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. Message & Data Rates May Apply. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code “20222”; text HELP to “20222” for help. Privacy Policy

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.

Suite 250

Tallahassee, FL 32308

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



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

I am a Citizen

Floridians who are interested in becoming a member of a CERT team can find information on teams and Citizen Corps Councils in their local area and sign up to serve. Visit Fema.gov/Community-Emergency-Response-Teams to learn more about becoming a member.

I represent an organization

Volunteer Florida provides a yearly application for competitive awards from the Emergency Management Performance Grants to support Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). A NOFO will be sent out yearly and applications for funding will be made available online. Additional grant opportunities can be found at Grants.gov
A list of current grantees can be found on our Grants page.
Additional training is available through the Florida Division of Emergency Management and FEMA.


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.