Disaster can happen anytime, to anyone - when they least expect it. There are many forms of disaster: Hurricanes, Floods, Tornadoes, fires, earthquake, a natural disaster, a hazardous spill or even an act of terrorism. We want to share with you some general information from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) on volunteering for disasters. We hope this information will better help you prepare for the season ahead.
Contact your local County Health Department (CHD) and ask how you may assist the CHD if an event was to occur; you may find the CHD closest to you by going to the following Web site: www.doh.state.fl.us/chdsitelist.htm
If there is further need, then the state volunteer database is used. All public health resources are exhausted first before the private sector is activated. (Florida's Emergency Health Volunteer Registry: https://www.servfl.com/index.php - if you have already registered on this site, be sure to update your information if needed).
For volunteering to assist when disaster strikes in another state:
If the other state determines they are in need of assistance, they will make a formal request to Florida. The Florida Department of Health will first utilize public health resources (publicly employed physicians and other state employees). Once those resources are exhausted, the private sector is activated. To become part of this state volunteer database go to Florida's Emergency Health Volunteer Registry: https://www.servfl.com/index.php.
FEMA encourages volunteers to affiliate with a voluntary agency involved in disaster response and recovery, such as,