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, directly adjacent to the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center.
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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.
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Brevard Emergency Amateur Radio Services
BEARS are a consortium formed by the radio clubs and operators in Brevard County to provide 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. Members of the constituent clubs are considered to be "members" of BEARS.
BEARS Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at the Brevard County Emergency Operations Center, 1746 Cedar St, Rockledge FL at 19:15 Hours local time. Talk in on 147.135 MHZ (up 600).
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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.
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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.
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Volunteers Active in Disaster
Volunteers Active in Disaster is a national non-operational umbrella organization, which gives each of its members the privilege of independently- but cooperatively- providing and implementing its resources when responding to disasters. VOAD is committed to the philosophy that the time to train, prepare, and become acquainted with each other is best achieved prior to the time of actual disaster response.
The Brevard County VOAD meets on a regular basis to plan for and to educate the members about how they may service their community during and after a disaster. The organization seeks to prevent the duplication of effort by coordinating the availability of needed services in disasters such as fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, flash floods and hazardous materials spills. Examples of their resources are: food or clothing distribution, search and rescue, temporary housing, childcare, talent bank and stress disorder counseling.
Organizations interested in becoming involved can contact VOAD:
The Brevard Chairman is David Rosenbaum. His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. VOAD meets on the second Thursday of each month at 9:00 AM at the Solar Energy Center on the BCC Cocoa Campus, 1679 Clearlake Road, Cocoa, FL.