Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts continue across Texas
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Sunday night, at least 33,000 people sought refuge in 284 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas overnight. The Red Cross is also assisting the Louisiana state government with an emergency shelter which hosted nearly 1,300 people last night. More than 3,000 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground, and more than 450 are on the way. Shelter supplies to support more than 85,000 people are on the ground. Along with our partners, we have served more than a 690,000 meals and snacks since the storm began. We have trailers of kitchen supplies on the ground to support 16 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day. We also have about 150,000 ready-to-eat meals currently on the ground with an additional5,000 on the way. More than 215 emergency response vehicles have been activated to help deliver meals and relief supplies. Mental health and health services professionals have provided some 21,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees. We’ve distributed more than 30,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes. Cleaning and relief supplies to support more than 35,000 homes are on the ground, with an additional 5,000 on the way. More than 23 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps since August 23, well surpassing the 6 million issued for Superstorm Sandy. The apps provide shelter locations and real-time information so people can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.
You can find shelters by visiting redcross.org, downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App or calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
· If you need to find a shelter, you can also check with your local officials on where to find a shelter, download the FEMA app or text SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). Monitoring your local media may also help.
· Anyone who plans to stay in a Red Cross shelter should bring prescription medications, extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies, other comfort items and important documents. Don’t forget to bring any special items for children, such as diapers, formula and toys, or for family members who have unique needs.
AFTER THE FLOOD – SAFETY
· If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
· Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
· Keep children and pets away from hazardous sites and floodwater. If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the disaster. The site may be unsafe for children, and seeing the damage firsthand may upset them even more and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.
· Beware of snakes, insects and other animals that may be in or around your home.
· Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
· If power is out, use a flashlight. Do not use any open flame, including candles, to inspect for damage or serve as alternate lighting.
The Red Cross has launched a massive response to this devastating storm and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate disaster relief for those affected. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
· Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
· If you are having issues with text donations, please visit redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS to donate.
· If you attempted a text donation and nothing happened, we are sorry for the inconvenience, as we are experience some lag with this service. We are working to have our system back up and running as soon as we can. Once the outage is over, donors will receive a prompt asking to reply with YES or ZIPCODE depending on your carrier. No charges will occur until you respond. To avoid multiple charges, please only submit 1 response when prompted.
· As an alternative, you can donate online to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting rdcrss.org/Harvey or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Hurricane Harvey relief is not a sprint – it will be a marathon as the Red Cross helps people get back on their feet in the coming months. Please visit redcross.org/volunteer to help us help Harvey survivors now and in the future.