For Immediate Release

September 7, 2017

As Hurricane Irma approaches, I am urging every Floridian to get a plan and be prepared for potential life threatening impacts from the storm.  In anticipation of increased staffing needs at hurricane shelters statewide, I have issued a call to state employees across Florida encouraging them to volunteer in support of the state’s emergency shelter mobilization efforts. Volunteer recruitment is one of our biggest needs right now.

Today, I am urging all Floridians to consider donating their time and effort to become a certified American Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer to help Floridians in need. Thousands of volunteers are needed to assist their efforts in response to this unprecedented storm.  In partnership with the American Red Cross and other volunteer organizations, Floridians may sign up to assist in or operate shelters in response to Hurricane Irma impacts and preparation. I encourage any Floridian who is able to donate their time and effort to register today for American Red Cross certification at


For additional information regarding Hurricane Irma, please visit

If you have any questions regarding volunteer opportunities please email or call


Thank you,

Governor Rick Scott