Great communities aren’t defined by good times. It’s the tough times that test a community’s strength, unity and resilience. Our ability to persevere through disasters—both natural or manmade—is critical to keeping Central Florida a place people love to call home. That’s why we’ve joined forces with community leaders to create a coordinated, community-wide disaster plan that connects individuals and organizations to the help and resources they need before, during and after disaster strikes.
Proactive preparation before disaster strikes can help you avoid the biggest problems post-disaster. The resources below will individuals and non-profit organizations preparedness with available tips and assessments.
Through the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College, organizations and nonprofits may take a pre- and post-disaster survey to assess their needs for storm or other disaster-related readiness. Survey closed on April 15, 2020 for COVID-19.
When disaster strikes, Central Florida unites. Our compassion and generosity ensure strategic aid to those who need it most. And all who have been affected can count on the community to support and see them through. Together, we rebuild and better the place we call home.
Heart of Florida United Way has established a fund to support Central Florida residents whose financial stability is being impacted by the economic consequences of COVID-19/Coronavirus. The focus of the fund is to support the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population experiencing hardship due to decreased hours or unpaid leave. Nearly half of Central Floridians are ALICE, living paycheck to paycheck.
Give to support other immediate relief efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.
Child care centers are in desperate need of cleaning supplies as they are open and operating. Visit the ELCOC website for a list of supplies needed. They can be mailed to the office or dropped off.
Review this list of nonprofits providing services to people experiencing homelessness who are in need of supplies. Supplies can be dropped off at United Against Poverty, 150 W. Michigan St., Orlando, FL 32806.
Having school supplies at home is a crucial need for Orange County children and families to be successful in today’s distance learning. Click for ways to help ensure local students have the tools they need to succeed during these uncertain times.
April 1: Homelessness and COVID-19
Connects with a local, highly trained community resource specialist to assist with emergency information and disaster relief.
Coronavirus Guide for Central Florida
An array of resources ranging from food, healthcare, mental health, financial resources and more.
You can find more information about steps being taken around the region below:
City of Orlando
City of Orlando is working closely with the Florida Department of Health, who in turn is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Free Meals for Students
During the extended school closures due to the coronavirus, Florida schools offer free breakfast and lunch.
AdventHealth is prepared to keep your community safe. Get the latest information on a continuous basis, with new updates based on CDC recommendations.
WUCF-TV, Central Florida’s PBS station, supports learning at home with schedule change and free online resources.
Orange County Coronavirus Information
Updates, resources and information for residents. Similar information is available for counties across Central Florida.
Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington.
Orlando Economic Partnership
Find COVID-19 related resources for the business community.
FEMA: Operational and Operational Planning
Provides information on strategic and operational planning for individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments.
CARES Act Summary for Nonprofits
Everything your nonprofit needs to know about the CARES Act from Independent Sector
CARES Act: How to apply for nonprofit relief funds
Everything your nonprofit needs to know to apply for funds from Independent Sector
Loans for Nonprofits under CARE Act
A chart that compares loan options for nonprofits
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Here are a few online resources to save you time, help you plan swiftly, and keep you focused on your most pressing priorities.
U.S. Small Business Administration
SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters.