We have teamed up with American Red Cross (Central Coast Region) to do our part in supporting the disaster relief efforts in Texas. Red Cross volunteers will be at our event collecting donations and information on how you can help!
One week after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the American Red Cross is working non-stop to help people impacted by what is being called the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history. Our hearts go out to everyone affected.
- The remnants of Harvey are expected to produce as much as 10 inches of rain across western Tennessee and Kentucky. Rivers and bayous in southeast Texas, particularly in the Beaumont and Port Arthur regions, will likely remain in major to record flooding through next week.
- Evacuation orders are in still in effect hundreds of thousands of people, including the entire city of Beaumont, Texas. Transportation, travel and housing are expected to be impacted for an extended period of time. Schools are closed and hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. Communications systems are out and multiple water treatment plants are shut down in Texas and Louisiana. Several oil refineries and chemical plants are also shut down.
- Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma is predicted to be a major hurricane and the Red Cross is watching the storm and preparing to respond if necessary.
The danger isn’t over. As catastrophic flooding continues, access into many areas is still quite difficult, and we are partnering with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Texas National Guard to move supplies and volunteers. Our first priority is keeping people safe while providing shelter, food and a shoulder to lean on.
Right now, the Red Cross is using donor dollars to support our relief efforts which include:
- More than 42,000 people staying in 258 Red Cross and community shelters across Texas overnight. In Louisiana, more than 1,500 people spent the night in 6 Red Cross and community shelters, and a handful of people spent the night in evacuation shelters in Tennessee.
- More than 2,300 disaster workers are on the ground, and more than 700 are on the way. They are being joined by a group of highly-skilled volunteers from the Mexican Red Cross who will help support shelters, distribute aid and connect with Spanish speaking disaster survivors to keep them informed about support available to them.
- Shelter supplies for more than 75,000 people are in Texas, with supplies for an additional 10,000 on the way.
- Along with our partners, we have served more than 392,000 meals and snacks since the storm began.
- We have trailers of kitchen supplies on the ground to support 10 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day, and 6 more trailers are on the way. We also have about 135,000 ready-to-eat meals currently on the ground with an additional 20,000
- More than 200 Emergency Response Vehicles have been activated for the operation.
- Mental health and health services professionals have provided some 8,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees.
- We’ve distributed more than 26,000 relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes.
- Donations also pay to provide warehouses, technology – and the people that make all of this help possible for Hurricane Harvey.
- The Red Cross continues to deliver blood and platelets to our hospital partners in flood affected areas. Working closely with local, state and federal authorities, the Red Cross has airlifted more than 500 blood products to Houston hospitals over the past week.
- More than 20 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.
Massive disasters like Hurricane Harvey create more needs than any one organization can meet on their own. The Red Cross is working very closely with the entire response community – government agencies, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others – to coordinate emergency relief efforts and get help to people as quickly as possible.
- This is a time for communities to come together and support one another. If safe, people should check on their neighbors, especially the elderly.
- The Red Cross is working dozens of disaster partners to support feeding, child care, disaster assessment and other disaster services. Some of the partners we are coordinating with include Americorps NCCC, Church of the Brethren Children’s Disaster Services, Save the Children, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Islamic Relief USA.
The Red Cross has launched a massive response to this devastating storm and needs financial donations to be able to provide immediate disaster relief. 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.
- The donations we receive for Red Cross Disaster Relief are put to excellent use, and we are proud to be good stewards of donor dollars, every day and for every response. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services programs.
- Any donation, large or small, will help. For example, $2.50 can provide a comfort kit containing personal hygiene items for someone in a disaster; $5 can cover the cost of a blanket and $10 the cost of a hot meal. A $50 donation can provide a full day of food and shelter for one person, including three meals, a cot, two blankets, and a comfort kit as well as the costs to support the Red Cross workers providing this service. For $200, someone’s donation can cover the cost of providing a full day of food and shelter to a family of four.
We thank everyone for their overwhelming support for people impacted by this catastrophic storm. If you are having issues with text donations, please visit redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS to donate.
- Regarding our text to donate, your donations are still queued, but the prompt to confirm the donation will not be sent until the outage is over. Instead of receiving a prompt to confirm the donation right away, the donor will get a delayed response.
- If you attempted a text donation and nothing happened, we are sorry for the inconvenience, and we plan 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.
Be safe. Listen to the advice of emergency officials. If you need to be rescued, call trained rescue professionals at 9-1-1 or the U.S. Coast Guard at these numbers: 281-464-4851, 281-464-4852, 281-464-4853, 281-464-4854, 281-464-4855.
- Please be patient during this trying situation. The Coast Guard reports heavy call volume.
- 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.