Hurricane Readiness & Recovery

United Way of Marion County strives to unite you with the resources needed to prepare, endure, and recover throughout hurricane season.

As a member of the Marion County Sheriff's Office Volunteer and Donations Group, United Way of Marion County works closely with the Marion County Emergency Management during natural disasters and other unforeseen events by appropriately collecting and distributing funds based on critical needs in the County. 

Below we have provided a link button allowing you to give to our emergency assistance fund. The funds raised here will be distributed throughout our County to agencies that are providing disaster relief. We thank you in advance for your contribution.

United Way specialists are available 24/7 to help you find assistance for all of your non-emergency needs.

Call 211 Or 352-304-5827. Text your zip code to 898-211. Chat online here.

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  • Shelter information and housing assistance
  • Sandbags, tarps, and other storm supplies
  • Evacuation routes and road closures
  • Food, clothing, and hygiene supplies
  • Special needs registry and medical supplies
  • Emotional and crisis support

Learn more about 211.


Agency Resources

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To find an open Red Cross Shelter view the shelter map at

Having trouble viewing the shelter map? Call the Marion County's local American Red Cross - the North Florida Region.

Local: 352-620-0500     |     National: 800-733-2767


For additional readiness guidance, visit the Red Cross Hurricane Safety site.

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For the latest news and updates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, visit or call 800-621-3362.

Not sure if a storm is declared an emergency or natural disaster

Visit to find out.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army helps meet the needs of disaster survivors through:

  • Preparedness
  • Immediate Response
  • Recovery
  • Emotional and Spiritual Care


Learn more about your local team by visiting

2907 NE 14th Street, Ocala, FL 34470    |    352-732-7058


Have you registered with the Florida Special Needs Registry

If you or someone you know has special needs, we urge you to review your registry status periodically to help first responders make informed decisions on how to help you in an emergency.

Additionally, check out Marion County's open special needs emergency shelters by visiting

If a hurricane is approaching your area, remember to call Marion County's Citizen Hotline at 352-369-7500.

For non-emergency health and human services questions, please call 2-1-1.