How to volunteer in Florida during Hurricane Irma

The Red Cross and Volunteer Florida are accepting applications for volunteers.

Various evacuations have taken place across multiple counties as the impending storm threatens Florida, sending over 1 million residents to seek shelter out of harm's way.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has recommended that any person who wishes to volunteer go through the American Red Cross of Volunteer Florida.

The Red Cross is accepting applications online for volunteers needed in Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Floridians interested in helping at state shelters can complete training on shelter operations via the Volunteer Florida website and fill out the appropriate registration forms. Once completed volunteers can find local opportunities to affiliated disaster response organizations.

Additionally, state officials have announced that all salaried, non-essential state employees can receive expedited volunteer certifications for disaster services in order to assist in, or operate, shelters in response to Hurricane Irma.