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American Red Cross
News Release
Sunday, September 03, 2017


American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of Hurricane Harvey

  • Saturday night, at least 32,399 people sought refuge in 226 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 1,700 people last night.
  • More than 2,700 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground, and more than 660 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 half million (515,000) meals and snacks since the storm began. 
  • We have trailers of kitchen supplies on the ground to support 14 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day, and 2 more trailers are on the way.
  • We also have about 150,000 ready-to-eat meals currently on the ground with an additional 5,000 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 15,000 contacts to provide support and care to evacuees.
  • We’ve distributed more than 27,000 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 15,000 homes are on the ground, with an additional 5,000 on the way.


You can find shelters by visiting, 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

·         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.


·         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.

·         Full information is available on


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, 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 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, 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 or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

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