American Red Cross works around the clock

The American Red Cross continues to work around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

  • Overnight, more than 5,000 people sought refuge in 30Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. To date, there have been more than364,000 overnight shelter stays for Hurricane Harvey.
  • Along with our partners, we have served almost 1.7 million meals and snacks in Texas.
  • More than 3,200Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in Texas, with more than 475 on the way.
  • Almost 190emergency response vehicles have been activated to help deliver meals and relief supplies.
  • Mental health and health services professionals have provided more than 57,000contacts to provide support and care to those affected.
  • We’ve distributed more than 383,000relief items like diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits that contain deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items in Texas.
  • More than 64 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The apps provide shelter locations and real-time information so people can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.

Update: Red Cross Financial Assistance for Hurricane Harvey

Thanks to our generous donors, the American Red Cross will be providing financial assistance to Texas households that were severely impacted by Harvey and need help taking care of emergency needs. Right now, we are in the initial phase of this effort. We are experiencing an exceedingly high demand, and ask that people please be patient. The Red Cross is prepared to provide financial assistance to hundreds of thousands of households. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available, including how to register. Registration will be open for 30 days.

In the meantime, please note that assistance will be available for those significantly affected by Hurricane Harvey which includes:

  • Primary residence was severely impacted by Harvey.
  • Household is in need of emergency assistance.
  • Household was displaced by the impact of Harvey.
  • Verifiable pre-disaster primary address in one of these 39 Texas counties Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton.

This financial assistance is in addition to the other emergency relief efforts the Red Cross is providing in Texas, which includes sheltering, food and other critical immediate support; we have been on the ground in Texas since before Harvey made landfall, and will be to get those affected back on their feet.  The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency, and people do not need to be American citizens to receive our assistance.