Four weeks after Hurricane Harvey caused the largest flooding event in U.S. history, the American Red Cross continues to provide shelter, food, relief supplies and other support to help people whose lives were turned upside down. Thousands of people remain in emergency shelters and the Red Cross is there, making sure people get the help they need as they plan their next steps.
The Red Cross is using generous donations to help people recover and get back on their feet, and this work will continue in the challenging weeks and months ahead.
Harvey Donations at Work:
Donations pay for Red Cross shelters and the volunteers who are supporting them. Overnight, more than 1,500 people stayed in 13 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. To date, there have been more than 414,000 overnight shelter stays for Hurricane Harvey.
Donations pay to transport the more than 2,500 Red Cross disaster workers on the ground in Texas and Louisiana, with more than 190 on the way.
Donations pay for the almost 3.3 million meals and snacks served in Texas and Louisiana, with the help of partners.
Donations pay for the gas and equipment to power feeding efforts. Trailers of kitchen supplies are on the ground to support 16 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day.
Donations pay for the 157 emergency response vehicles activated to help deliver meals and relief supplies across the hardest-hit areas of Texas and Louisiana.
Donations pay to support the mental health and health services professionals who support and care for evacuees – more than 103,000 contacts have been made.
Donations pay for relief items like diapers and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items for people forced from their homes – more than 1 million have been distributed in Texas and Louisiana.
More than 83 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. The apps provide shelter locations and real-time information so people can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.
The Red Cross has authorized more than $148 million in financial assistance to help more than 370,000 Texas households who needed immediate help.
Thanks to our generous donors, the Red Cross is also providing $400 to qualified Texas households that were severely impacted by Harvey and need help taking care of emergency needs right now.
To learn more, visit redcross.org