Emergency Management

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To donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, click here.



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
 
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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.

 
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On October 10, 2016, Governor Rick Scott activated the Florida Disaster Fund to support individuals who are impacted by Hurricane Matthew. 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:

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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.



Text to Give:

To make a onetime donation of $10, text the word DISASTER to 20222.

A one-time donation of $10.00 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



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

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