Tallahassee, Florida-June 28,2012-
The State Emergency Response Team and Volunteer Florida encourage prospective donors who would like to assist Floridians impacted by Tropical Storm Debby to make cash donations with established disaster relief organizations.
“Established relief organizations are essential right now as we work to assist Tropical Storm Debby survivors,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan W. Koon. “Cash donations are the best way for these organizations to help survivors as quickly as possible.”
“We are so thankful for Americans across the country who have expressed their desire to help Floridians in this time of need,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Chester Spellman. “Cash donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting donated goods, and they also provide versatility to meet immediate needs.”
As the lead agency for volunteer and donations management for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, Volunteer Florida offers the following tips on how to help survivors wisely:
CASH - Financial gifts are the best way to immediately help survivors. Donate to an established relief organization. For a complete list of established relief organizations, visit: http://www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org/donate.html
CONFIRM - A community hit by disaster does not have the time, staffing or money to dispose of unneeded donations. Volunteers should confirm their need before traveling to impacted areas.
CONNECT – with a local relief agency or local volunteer center for volunteer opportunities.
Call the Florida Volunteer and Donation Hotline for additional information:
The Governor’s Commission on Community Service, Volunteer Florida, was established in 1994 by the Florida Legislature to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Commission administers Florida AmeriCorps and National Service programs; coordinates volunteers and donations in a disaster; and inspires Floridians to serve their communities. For more information, visit: www.volunteerflorida.org.
For additional information on response to and recovery from Tropical Storm Debby, call the Florida Emergency Information Line at 1-800-342-3557. The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 – November 30. To GET A PLAN! visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. For the latest information on the 2012 Hurricane Season, follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/flsert and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.