Our region is proud to serve 19 Florida counties through five chapters: Florida’s Space Coast (Daytona Beach), Greater Orlando, Mid-Florida (Winter Haven), Southwest Florida (Sarasota) and Tampa Bay, and the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John and Water Island.
To report a disaster, such as a house fire, please phone your local chapter and follow the prompts. View chapter information.
Local inquiries - email Central FL Public Affairs or call 813-348-4820 or 407-894-4141.
National/International Inquiries - email National Public Affairs or call 202-303-5551
Initiate a request for emergency assistance for members of the military serving on active duty. Request Online or call 1-877-272-7337.
Free emergency preparedness presentations for adults and children on the topics of hurricanes, home fires, general preparedness and Hands Only CPR. Virtual sessions of some programs are now available online; find virtual offerings here. Organizations interested in group virtual sessions can also email our preparedness team.
Training and Certification:
Emergency health and safety courses like First Aid, CPR/AED, aquatics and other certification classes. Learn more.
Complete an online application to get started. Questions? Email our recruitment team or phone your local chapter and follow the prompts. View chapter information.
In 1917, 36 years after the founding of the American Red Cross, groups of local citizens established Red Cross chapters in Clearwater, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa; Charlotte, Manatee and Pasco Counties. These chapters formed Florida’s West Coast Region of the American Red Cross, serving more than 3.5 million people. Also, in 1917, chapters formed across Florida’s Space Coast, Greater Orlando, and Mid-Florida which became the Mid-Florida Region. In 2014, the Mid-Florida Region joined Florida’s West Coast Region to form the current Central Florida Region.
Our region has a long and proud history of providing comfort and relief to those most in need.
During World War I the Women’s Club makes bandages and pillows for the Red Cross, providing the impetus for forming a branch of the American Red Cross in Manatee County. Manatee River American Red Cross is chartered on November 3. Chapters are also established in Clearwater, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Charlotte County and Pasco County (headquartered in Dade City). 1917 also marks the birth of Red Cross chapters in Mid-Florida, Florida’s Space Coast, and Greater Orlando.
600 volunteers assist in relief efforts following a devastating hurricane that causes Lake Okeechobee to overflow, killing 2,000.
The Gulf Beach Lion's Club sponsors a Lifesaving Corps to patrol the Gulf beaches between Pass-A-Grille and the Indian Rocks beaches.
Manatee Red Cross Lifesaving Corps saves 41 lives at the beach.
National Red Cross responds to an alarming number of highway fatalities and injuries by beginning Highway Emergency First Aid Stations. The Manatee Chapter operates two of these stations.
Manatee County Chapter collects funds for refugees from Finland, Belgium and Luxembourg.
During World War II, the Tampa Bay Chapter boasts the largest Canteen Corps in the state (650 members) and receives the donation of the Chapter’s first mobile canteen truck
During an October hurricane, Manatee Red Cross shelters 850 people.
A major hurricane in September requires the opening of 15 shelters to accommodate 2,000 people in Manatee County.
MacDill AFB donates $30,000 worth of radio equipment, thus placing the Tampa Bay Chapter in the "key station" category for times of national emergency.
The Manatee County Chapter’s Grey Ladies give 1,778 hours of service at Bay Pines Veterans hospital.
The Grey Ladies launch a new Service Program for Schools that is then adopted nationwide.
Floods caused by more than 14” of rain results in millions of dollars of damage to homes in Manatee County. National Red Cross opens a service center in chapter headquarters to assist residents.
The Manatee County Chapter responds to Hurricane Alma.
The Manatee County Chapter responds to Hurricane Gladys in October and assists victims of a tornado in November.
Launch of an HIV/AIDS prevention education program.
Manatee Chapter receives a new emergency response vehicle.
During Hurricane Elena the Manatee County Chapter shelters more than 10,000 people.
Chapters respond to back-to-back hurricanes: Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jean.
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti prompting a major response in Tampa Bay. Haitian patients are flown to Tampa International Airport for immediate medical treatment and emergency support while local creole-speaking Red Cross volunteers assist with family connection cases and to fly to Haiti to support medical teams
Tropical Storms Debby and Isaac cause extensive flooding and damage prompting a wide scale Red Cross response.
After the launch of the home fire campaign, the Central Florida Region becomes the top region in the country for smoke alarm installations. The home fire campaign has directly saved 26 lives as of 2015 across the country.