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Support for Hurricane Harvey Continues

Red Cross volunteers ready for Hurricane Harvey support.

Sedona AZ (August 26, 2017)Hurricane Harvey, the first Category 4 Hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since 2004, brings life threatening and devastating damage to the Gulf Coast. The American Red Cross has mobilized a massive relief effort to provide shelter, food and comfort. This assistance will continue over the next weeks and months, helping residents recover from this massive storm.

Hundreds of Red Cross disaster workers from all over the country are helping people impacted by the hurricane and thousands more will be asked to deploy in the weeks to come as people begin to recover from the storm. Thirty staff and volunteers from the Red Cross Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso Region have been deployed:  twenty three from Arizona, five from New Mexico, two from El Paso.

More than 1,400 people took refuge from the deadly storm Friday night in 24 Red Cross and community shelters. Evacuation orders remain in effect in Texas and Louisiana. The storm is expected to produce life threatening rain throughout the middle of next week and more than 40 additional shelters are on standby, if needed.

The Red Cross has tractor trailer loads of relief supplies in the area – enough to support more than 20,000 people for weeks. The supplies include cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits and cleaning supplies.

The Red Cross is also mobilizing its disaster partners to support feeding, child care, disaster assessment and other disaster services.

There are twenty-eight emergency response vehicles responding now, and forty more from around the country are on their way to the region.

In addition, the Red Cross has prepositioned blood products in Houston ahead of the storm to help ensure adequate blood supply is maintained over the weekend.


The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its crucial mission. Help people affected by disasters like floods, wildfires and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. These gifts enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Make a donation today by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 gift.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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  1. Hannah Breck says:

    Texas needs volunteers.

    Go to state of Texas website to see how you can help. Do not answer unsolicited emails requesting help or offering stories how a donation from you will help Harvey victims. Donate through the Red Cross or Salvation Army to get your funds immediately to victims and or for blood donations. There are MANY false spam fraud emails that look authentic.

    DON’T FALL FOR THEM. Contact your local churches or synagogues to see if any are organizing donations and shipments of goods. If you get a suspicious email, post it here as a comment. Don’t let others get scammed because you are silent.

  2. Linus Yale Jr says:

    @Hannah I found this on MSN: Watch Out for These Charity Scams After Hurricane Harvey


  3. All Hands Volunteers says:

    All Hands Volunteers addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging volunteers, partner organizations, and local communities. We aim to demonstrate the power and value of volunteering through the tangible work done, the hope it brings to suffering communities, and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers.

    Learn more about All Hands Volunteers https://www.hands.org/

    If you have SOUTHWEST AIRLINES points, you can donate them to this volunteer organization through http://southwest.com

    Denny Wilson, Austin

  4. Twitter post says:

    GAS PRICES JUMPED 25 cents a gallon within hours yesterday in Central Florida-WHY? THERE’S NO GAS SHORTAGE,NO HARVEY JUSTIFICATION. GOUGING? 12:18 PM – 31 Aug 2017 What’s happening in your neighborhoods? Even shutting 3 refineries down, there’s no gas shortage and won’t be. Maybe the gas companies will figure out they need a couple back ups scattered around the country in better locations. Just don’t go knocking on Alaska’s door. You spilled enough fossil fuels in their water and on land for a lifetime.

  5. Arlene Keys, Kingston NY says:

    Mr. Tyler Perry donated $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and he gave some to Mr. Joel Osteen’s Houston church. Watch Mr. Perry’s shows and movies and give him support for being a good God fearing man. Thank you Tyler Perry and a great American. Please spread the news.

  6. Would Like to Know says:

    USA seems to always be #1 to offer support to other world disasters. Does anyone know if even one country has offered to help out here during this horrible event?

  7. Red Cross Update on Harvey Hurricane says:

    With more than 1,500 disaster workers on the ground in the Gulf Coast and more help on the way, it is only through generous donations and support from companies like Freeport-McMoRan, Inc., Sprouts Farmers Market and Papa John’s Pizza that the Red Cross is able to fulfill its mission of alleviating human suffering during disasters like Hurricane Harvey.

    Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. has pledged $100,000 dollars today in response to the ongoing destruction and flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast with additional donation through workplace giving and employee match.

    Sprouts Farmers Market has donated $50,000 and has also initiated a Round Up Campaign where customers will have the opportunity to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar, or make an incremental donation of $1, $5 or $10. This campaign begins Thursday, August 31 through Sunday, Sept. 3 in most Sprouts stores coast to coast, except Houston and Corpus Christi locations.

    Papa John’s Pizza has pledged to donate $1 for every pizza sold on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
    ·         Estimates indicate more than 33,800 people sought refuge in more than 240 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas Tuesday night. Six shelters are also open in Louisiana with more than 450 people.
    ·         More than 2,000 disaster workers are on the ground, and more than 600 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.
    ·         There are shelter supplies for more than 70,000 people with supplies for an additional 14,000 enroute.
    ·         Along with our partners, Red Cross has served more than 250,000 meals and snacks since the storm began. 
    ·         Red Cross has trailers of kitchen supplies on the ground to support 8 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day and 4 more trailers are on the way. There are about 130,000 ready-to-eat meals currently on the ground with an additional 25,000 en route.
    ·         More than half of the Red Cross emergency response fleet – 200 Emergency Response Vehicles – have been activated for the operation.
    ·         With blood products prepositioned in Houston and Dallas ahead of the storm, the Red Cross continues to work closely with local, state and federal authorities to deliver blood and platelets to our hospital partners in flood affected areas.
    ·         More than 18 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps since August 24, well surpassing the 6 million issued for Superstorm Sandy. The alerts provide shelter locations and real-time information so people can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.  
     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.
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

  8. Ray Rinker says:

    gas 275.9 why?

  9. $99 flights and long gas lines says:

    Several Florida gas stations around the Miami-Dade area reported running out of fuel Wednesday as drivers waited patiently in long lines.

    Employees at a Chevron station near Interstate 75 told a local TV station they sold 18,000 gallons of gas from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. — what they typically sell in a 24-hour period.

    Jet Blue, a major airline carrier in Florida, offered $99 direct flights from every city in the state where it operates to help people safely evacuate before churning Irma comes ashore.

  10. Jerry says:

    because they can & we will pay

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