Disaster Resources

Disasters of all kinds occur across our state - natural and otherwise.  Florida Nonprofit Alliance uses this page to pull together resources to help you both prepare for, and respond to, disasters.

Meteorologists at AccuWeather and Colorado State University both predict that the 2024 Hurricane Season will have above-normal activity.  CSU has predicted 23 named storms and 5 major hurricanes.  Even more reason to start disaster planning now!


In April 2024, Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Florida Philanthropic Network launched a new, Florida-specific, disaster planning toolkit and guidebook for nonprofits and funders in our state.

To view the webinar, which walks you through the guidebook and how to make a disaster plan, click here.

To download the Disaster Planning Guide (PDF)click here.

To download the Disaster Planning Tools, click on the resource below.



Below are links and resources to help your organization prepare for natural disasters and how to proactively keep your organization and staff safe.

Preparing for Hurricane Season:
  • Research and learn  - the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has released a Disaster Response Analysis, based on their experience with Hurricane Ian in 2022.  Take a look at their lessons learned and see if there are any things your organization or community can implement.
  • A business continuity plan – the Nonprofit Risk Management Center has a number of resources on creating a business continuity plan (if you are not accessing your free membership to the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, now is the perfect time to do so!)
  • A communications plan for employees and volunteers – according to our 2022 Nonprofits Survey, 30% of the nonprofits affected by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole had reduced ability to provide services because of staff unavailability. Make a plan now for how you will communicate with each other.
  • Know your local resources – get to know the Emergency Management Division of your local government and find out if you have a VOAD or COAD in your region.
  • Know who the most vulnerable are in your communities – nonprofits often know the community members and clients and what their needs are. How can you appropriately use that information to protect them in the case of a major storm?
  • Preparedness planning is key - Preparation can make a huge difference in how quickly your nonprofit can get back to advancing its mission after disaster strikes.
  • Get involved - register to become a Voluntary Agency Liaison with FEMA

 Post Disaster Recovery:
  • Check https://www.disasterassistance.gov/   to see if there are resources available in your area
  • Small Business Administration disaster loans are available to businesses, homeowners, renters and nonprofit organizations in some Florida counties. Applicants may apply at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov  under declaration #17644. For help, call 800-659-2955 or send an email to  DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov .
  • Mental health resources are available. Survivors experiencing emotional distress can call or text the Disaster Distress Helpline   at 800-985-5990. The national hotline provides free 24/7, crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Deaf and hard of hearing ASL callers can use a videophone or  ASL Now  .


Key Takeaways:
  • Take care of yourself first - have a crisis response plan, hold drills, adopt an emergency communication plan for your own staff so that you can function in the aftermath of a crisis.
  • Know where to find resources, such as insurance agents in your state. A natural partner is the Nonprofit Risk Management Center; FNA members are automatically members.
  • Can your nonprofit help with one of these roles: convener, connector, referral source, sense-maker, collaborator and potentially the backbone of collective impact endeavors.
  • Who are the first responders in your region? Showcase their work - be their champions.
  • Guide donors to identify legitimate nonprofits and work with state charity officials to raise awareness of potentially fraudulent fundraising.
  • One of the most important aspects of disaster preparation is making sure that digital information is backed up.


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