Disaster Services

  • Mid FL Disaster Services A Spot

We can’t control the storms in life – the force of a hurricane, the devastation of a house fire – but we can control how we prepare for and respond to such events, and the American Red Cross can help.

Red Cross volunteers turn compassion into action as they respond to disasters within the American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region’s 13 counties. Night or day, the Red Cross is there.

While hurricanes and floods usually grab the headlines, local Red Cross volunteers respond to house fires twice a day, on average, across our region. Staff and volunteers provide families with emergency social services, warm meals, a place to sleep, clothing and often times comfort. Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency needs, empowering those who have been affected by a disaster to get back on their feet.

During 2013, your American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region responded to 810 incidents and provided 2,566 people with disaster relief assistance. We also assisted 1,558 military families with Red Cross services including emergency communications and reached 7,676 military personnel and family members with Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) information.

The Red Cross also works with local emergency management officials to canteen for emergency responders, handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area and helps those affected by a disaster to access other available resources.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free and made possible by the generous voluntary donations of time and money, from members of the community just like you.