Every three hours the American Red Cross responds to a disaster somewhere in Florida.
Florida is one of the highest risk states in the country for natural disasters. Preparedness, consisting of well-rehearsed and effective emergency response procedures, is the difference between life and death in the event of a disaster. In a catastrophic disaster much of the population of Florida could be in need of Red Cross services.
More than 90 percent of our total workforce is composed of volunteers. We rely on people like you to carry out our work assisting victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, and home fires with shelter, food, comfort, and other services; helping members of the military, veterans, and their families; or teaching a health and safety course.
To address this need, one goal of the Prepare Florida campaign is to more than double the number of trained Red Cross volunteers, to ensure the community is prepared to respond to whatever disaster we may face.
We need your help.
The Red Cross welcomes volunteers as individuals or as groups from a company or organization. The Red Cross trains people in the community and mobilizes them when disaster strikes. Some may have special skills, such as nurses or mental health professionals, while others come in with an eagerness to serve in any way they can.
Each volunteer can navigate a unique path, spending their time serving in ways they enjoy. People become Red Cross volunteers because they want to help those facing an emergency, and often, they find their own lives changed in the process.
Becoming a Red Cross volunteer is easy. We provide a general orientation to the entire organization, as well as intensive training specific to each position.