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

Immediately following disasters, individuals seeking financial assistance should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA or www.disasterassistance.gov.

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