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Disaster Volunteers

Emergency Support Function 15

VolunteerLEON  is the lead agency for Emergency Support Function (ESF) #15 (Volunteers and Donations) in coordination with the Leon County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management, as well as the community’s hub for volunteerism. The purpose of the Volunteers and Donations Support Function is to be the "check-in point" for any individual or group which may volunteer to assist in the post-disaster recovery of Leon County, who has not previously affiliated with any emergency response organization. The check-in point is the Volunteer Reception Center. In addition, ESF 15 is responsible for organizing, tracking, consolidating, and distributing any and all donations that may come to the County after a major disaster in collaboration with the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross.

VolunteerLEON/Big Bend COAD - Group/Club Volunteer Resource Form

As ESF 15, VolunteerLEON's role is to:

  • Serve as the focal point to which all volunteers report, where their skills are verified and from which they are reassigned to the areas where they can be most useful
  • Categorize the abilities of the individuals or groups and then refer them, based on the needs of the County, the American Red Cross, and other community based organization.
  • Coordinate with the different County departments and community based organizations to determine what supplies are in immediate demand, compile a list, and then work with the Public Information Officer to advertise our needs.
  • Organize, inventory, package, and redistribute all donations arriving in the County, whether by bus, truck, airplane, or rail.
  • Set up a distribution network to warehouse all donations and re-supply the different distribution points that may be established throughout the County

Our Mission

Our mission is to complete and update CEMP to prevent and alleviate human suffering in emergencies in Leon County. In the meanwhile, we also will provide help to other county such as Franklin County , Gadsden County , Jefferson County , Liberty County , Madison County , Taylor CountyTaylor County, and Wakulla County .

Get Training First

Some of our volunteers like to deploy around the country, and some never leave home. However, we have one common goal is to help community to better prepare for disaster. It is recommended to have online training before volunteer.

Recommended courses:








FEMA independent Crouse list



Have A Plan - Be Prepared

DISASTER: When the resources available are exceeded; or an event located in time and space in which a community undergoes severe danger and incurs losses so that the social structure is disrupted and the fulfillment of all or some of its essential functions are prevented. A disaster situation is comprised of multiple incident sites.


(Community Organizations Active in Disaster)

In order to improve volunteer coordination during emergency situations, VolunteerLEON has partnered with the Leon County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management, the City of Tallahassee's Emergency Management  Division and the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross to form the Big Bend 
Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)coalition.


COAD is an association of humanitarian organizations that participate in all phases of a disaster situation: preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.  The goal is to streamline service delivery by bringing together all of the agencies that provide disaster relief services.  A leadership team comprised of local response and recovery agencies, including faith based partners work to ensure that our community has the best possible response to help survivors of disaster.   If  you would like to be active in the community organizationplease fill out an Agency Registration.

Our Partners

If you want to know more information about us, you can see what our partners are doing.

Leon County Sheriff's Office Division of Emergency Management
2-1-1 Big Bend
America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend
Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida
Goodwill of the Big Bend
Volunteer FLORIDA


Important Links

Here are some important links help us to understand what emergency management is and what should we do.




Leon County Emergency information

Florida Division of Emergency Management



2014 Tallahassee Regional Airport Full Scale Exercise

  on February 20.2014

Tallahassee Regional Airport holds its disaster exercise every three years. Multiple local and state agencies participate in this mock-terrorism scenario to mock a plane crash. It is an excellent opportunity for those who are interested in Emergency Management, and you are welcome to participate in the program.

The program is looking for volunteers to participate as victims, and family members. Don't wear nice clothing due to the moulage that will be used to simulate wounds. The training is al plane simulator on site.





It is a half day training; bag lunch and certificates of participation are provided for all volunteers.

Date :  February  20, 2014
Time:  7:00 am.   - 1:00pm

If there are any changes, I will update on webpage  and e-mail you.

If you are interested, sign up on Airport Exercise Sheet 

or contact

Tony Zhou

Emergency Management Intern

918 Railroad Avenue

Tallahassee, FL 32310

Phone: 850-606-1984
Fax: 850-606 -1971
E-mail: ZhouT@