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Rick Scott activates disaster fund

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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday activated the Florida Disaster Fund, which provides financial support to Florida’s communities in times of disaster.

“We expect that Hurricane Irma will have a major impact on our state and we must use every available resource to meet the needs of our families and communities,” he said in a statement.

“We have heard from many individuals and organizations that want to offer help to Florida families and the Florida Disaster Fund is a great resource to support the disaster relief organizations across the state,” he added. “I encourage all Floridians to look out for one another and work together to stay safe before and after the storm.”

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. The fund is administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation.

Funds will support disaster relief organizations active in responding to and recovering from Hurricane Irma. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.

Donations, which are tax deductible, may be made by check to the address below:

Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL  32311

Checks should be made payable to the “Volunteer Florida Foundation” and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.

You can also contribute by credit card at the website, www.FloridaDisasterFund.org, or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10.

For additional questions, email <info@volunteerflorida.org> or call (850) 414-7400.

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