Hurricane Michael: How to help

Update: The Seminole Emergency Relief Fund raised more than $150,000 to help faculty, staff and students affected by Hurricane Michael. While applications for assistance after Hurricane Michael are now closed, the fund will remain open to donations for those who experience temporary financial hardship in the future. Read more …


Seminole Emergency Relief Fund
Florida State University has a general relief fund to benefit faculty, staff and students in times of crisis. The current goal is to assist victims of Hurricane Michael meet their essential needs.

Seminole Emergency Relief Fund — Panama City
FSU also has a relief fund to benefit faculty, staff and students at FSU Panama City.



Donate Funds:  

Donate to the Florida Disaster Fund

  • Volunteer Florida, the state’s agency for mobilizing volunteers and coordinating donations before, during and after disasters, is promoting donations to the Florida Disaster Fund to support the thousands of Floridians affected by Hurricane Michael. The Fund is established to assist statewide communities as they recover during times of emergency. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, Volunteer Florida distributes the Florida Disaster Fund to voluntary organizations actively engaged in food delivery and repairing and rebuilding homes, while offering financial assistance and other recovery-related services.

Donate to Second Harvest of the Big Bend

  • Second Harvest of the Big Bend is the food bank that distributes millions of pounds of food every year to hungry families in the 11-county region of the Big Bend. In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Second Harvest of the Big Bend is coordinating with the state and local emergency operations centers with a comprehensive disaster relief plan that includes several truckloads of water, thousands of emergency ready-to-eat meals, distribution capabilities and statewide partners.

Donate to the American Red Cross

  • The Red Cross responses to nearly 64,000 disasters a year nationwide, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. By making a charitable donation to the Red Cross, you are there for millions of people who face emergencies every year and help as they rebuild their lives.

Donate Blood:  

Active Tallahassee and Leon County Donation Sites: OneBlood Donation Sites


Volunteer Florida:

Acts of service are critical to recovery, however our efforts are best coordinated by organizations with expert understanding of community needs.  Non-cash donations of clothing or food are often detrimental to the recovery process.  Please have patience and await the most effective ways to help.  Volunteer Florida specifically advises to not self-deploy, sign-up here to learn how you can effectively assist in statewide recovery: Volunteer Florida Sign Up