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Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (or VOAD) is a coalition of non-profits, service groups, and faith-based organizations willing to help our community after a disaster. Brevard County faces many types of potential hazards - which provides a lot of reasons to be prepared! Through VOAD, organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle, and provides a forum to promote cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration.  

Organizations interested in becoming involved can contact VOAD:
The Brevard Chair is David Rosenbaum; his email address is:

VOAD also meets monthly:

  • Time: 9:00-10:00AM
  • Date: 2nd Thursday of the month
  • Place: Florida Solar Energy Center (1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa)

    United Way of Brevard County
    The United Way of Brevard County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to be Brevard's leader in mobilizing the caring power of our community. It brings people and organizations together to do more than any of us can do on our own. Employers, non-profits, government, faith organizations, educators, labor, health providers, community leaders, youth and many others partner with us. The United Way is improving education, strengthening financial stability and making communities healthier. 

    United Way of Brevard has established a “Volunteer Opportunities” portal for individuals to connect with agencies looking to fill a volunteer need within our community. To search the portal for volunteer opportunities:

    Salvation Army
    The Salvation Army is a faith-based volunteer organization that provides disaster relief services.  The Salvation Army’s disaster response is community based, varying from place to place based upon the community’s situation and the magnitude of the disaster.

    In a disaster, the Salvation Army has the ability to provide both immediate emergency assistance and long-term recovery help. Emergency response services are activated on short notice according to an agreed-upon notification procedure, while long-term recovery is strategically planned in response to the situation, through working and partnering and many other community entities. The services that form the core of the Salvation Army’s disaster services program include: food service, hydration service, emergency shelter, cleanup and restoration, donations management, disaster social services, emergency communications, and administration.

    For more information on the North Central Brevard Salvation Army: 

    Or for more information on the Melbourne Salvation Army:

    Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES)

    RACES is a standby radio service provided for in Part 97.407 of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and regulations governing amateur radio in the United States.  RACES volunteers serve jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials. Brevard's RACES provides emergency communications assistance to county and municipal agencies as well as the National Weather Service, Florida Division of Emergency Management, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and other public and private service agencies.

    RACES volunteer operators are:

    • Licensed Radio Amateurs
    • Certified by a civil defense agency
    • Able to communicate on Amateur Radio frequencies during drills, exercises and emergencies
    • Activated by local, county and state jurisdictions and are the only Amateur Radio operators authorized to transmit during declared emergencies when the President of the United States specifically invokes the War Powers Act.

    For information on volunteering with RACES, contact:

    Medical Reserve Corps
    The Central Florida Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a team of healthcare, administrative professionals and others who volunteer their time and skills to support emergency medical workers in an emergency or disaster.  

    The Central Florida MRC unit supports Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties with volunteers to support disaster response agencies and health departments that may become overwhelmed by the need for medical care for our residents.  Medical Reserve Corps members are trained and called to assist during these times of need.

    Who Can Volunteer?

    Anyone who works or lives in Orange, Brevard or Osceola counties may join the Central Florida MRC unit. Volunteers serve locally in order to respond quickly in time of need.  Members may be asked to respond out of the area in declared disasters needing support in other counties, the state, or in a national response.

    All types of volunteers are needed to support disaster response. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, emergency personnel, behavioral health specialist, dentists, infectious disease specialists/epidemiologists, and medical technicians are needed for support. Those without medical background including interpreters, chaplains, amateur radio operators, warehouse volunteers, and general volunteers are needed to fill support roles.

    Training is provided for volunteers to help prepare them for job assignments and general responsibilities as an MRC member. After an orientation to the MRC unit, members are offered a wide range of training opportunities.

    For more information on the Central Florida Medical Reserve Corps:

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a volunteer based organization whose mission is to promote and protect the ethical treatment of animals. In times of disaster the mission of the ASPCA is to provide rescue and temporary housing and care to animals affected by the disaster, to return pets to their owners, and to facilitate transfer to local shelters so that displaced animals might find a permanent home.

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals constantly looking for new volunteers including advocates, daily care volunteers, and various other volunteers such as adoption center staff, and pet foster parents. The ASPCA offers both volunteer and training opportunities for pet related disaster response and encourages proactive disaster preparedness for pet owners.

    For more information on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

    American Red Cross
    The American Red Cross is a volunteer based humanitarian organization that provides relief to individuals affected by disaster.  The mission of the American Red Cross is to provide prevention, preparedness, and response services before, during, and after disasters, consistent with the mission of its Congressional Charter.

    Chartered in 1905, the American Red Cross is charged to “carry on a system of national and international relief in time of peace and apply the same in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods, and other great national calamities, and to devise and carry on measures for preventing the same.”

    The American Red Cross of Florida’s Space Coast works to continue this mission by meeting the day-to-day needs of those affected by both disasters and local emergencies, like house fires and minor floods. Those needs include short-term shelter, food, clothing, and both mental and physical health services.

    The American Red Cross of Florida’s Space Coast regularly holds volunteer meetings and training courses at its chapter office at 1700 Cedar Street, Rockledge, FL 32955.

    For more information on the American Red Cross of Florida’s Space Coast:

    Brevard County Emergency Management Office

    1746 Cedar Street
    Rockledge, Florida 32955
    Tel: (321) 637-6670
    Fax: (321) 633-1738

    Kimberly Prosser

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