Hurricane Harvey Response Information
Response and Relief Information
Update: Hurricane Harvey Immediate Assistance Program
Registration for the Hurricane Harvey Immediate Assistance Program ended as of 11:59 pm CT on October 10. If you have already applied, please log in at portal.disasterverification.com to reset your password or review your profile.
Please know, that although this program has assisted more than 573,000 households, we realize that significant needs still exist within the community. Over the coming weeks, the Red Cross will be sharing additional details regarding our long-term recovery program.
If you have additional questions, visit our FAQs.
Special Message Regarding Hurricane Harvey Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. We are thrilled with the outpouring of support we’ve received from volunteers like yourself, and are no longer taking new applications to support Harvey relief.
However, we encourage you to explore other virtual and onsite volunteer opportunities with Red Cross.If interested, apply here.
With your support, we are working around the clock to get help where it is needed most.
In late August, Texas and Louisiana were devastated by the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the American Red Cross responded immediately and is continuing to support thousands to recover. In fact, we provided more money to more people in less time than in any previous disaster since Hurricane Katrina.
Here’s how donations are helping.
Provided immediate financial assistance for more than 573,000 affected households
Served more than 4.5 million meals and snacks with our partners in Texas and Louisiana
Provided over 414,800 overnight stays in shelters with partners
Distributed over 1.6 million relief items like diapers, cleaning supplies, coolers and comfort kits
Provided over 127,000 health and mental health contacts to give support and care to those affected
Latest News on Hurricane Harvey
American Red Cross Mission Moments
When you’ve never experienced a disaster, it’s hard to imagine how to rebuild, or what hope and possibility feel likeExperience the recovery process firsthand as we journey to Houston, Texas to hear from residents:
We've been helping those in need since the beginning of Hurricane HarveyView the slideshow:
September 3, 2017. Red Cross Distribution Warehouse. Houston, Texas. Volunteers for the American Red Cross, members of AmeriCorps and active-duty US Army service members work together to load three convoys of Army high-profile vehicles with supplies. Two convoys are comprised of five trucks, the third is comprised of six trucks.
September 9, 2017. Houston, Texas. Red Cross volunteer Julie on her first deployment working with Distribution of Emergency Supplies Group shows off the back of her Red Cross vest that children signed with messages thanking the Red Cross for helping their families recover from Hurricane Harvey. “It just put a smile on their faces,” she said adding that it was great to work with volunteers who step up to what needs to be done. Photo by Chuck Haupt for the American Red Cross.
September 5, 2017. Corpus Christi, Texas. Diane Market with her dog, Chester, lost her Rockport home to Hurricane Harvey and is grateful to the Red Cross for having a place to stay in a shelter in Corpus Christi, Texas. “I am so glad to being able to keep my Chester with me,” she said. Photo by Chuck Haupt for the American Red Cross.
September 3, 2017. Corpus Christi, Texas. Red Cross volunteers Pat Stehly of Lincoln, Nebraska, Dorrannce of Springfield, Missouri, and Rick of Minneapolis, Minnesota, load food into an Emergency Response Vehicle.
September 1, 2017. Woodsboro, Texas Red Cross Volunteer Russ Van Skike gives Jackie hot meals from an Emergency Response Vehicle. Jackie and her family returned to their home earlier in the week and were shocked by the immense damage. She said, “It’s unbelievable. Looking down the street you could only see 1 or 2 blocks. You hear about these things happening, but you never think it can happen to you.” The majority of their roof was torn of during the storm. “I’ve always enjoyed skylights. Harvey made 2 for me,” she said.
September 1, 2017. Port Aransas, Texas. Residents of Rockport, TX proudly fly the flag of Texas, tied to a fallen tree.
August 28, 2017. Cuero, Texas. Chris Long, lives with epilepsy and needs his service dog with him. Late at night on Sunday, August 27, Cindy was alerted by their dog Diesel that Chris was having a stroke. Without his service dog, Chris would have not have gotten the medical attention he needed while staying at the shelter. Chris said, “The Red Cross, ya’ll are good people. If you need something they got you.
August 28, 2017. Cuero, Texas. (Chuck Haupt/American Red Cross)
September 2, 2017. Port Aransas, Texas. Volunteers carry relief supplies to help his friends begin to cleanup in Port Aransas, Texas.
Red Cross volunteer speaks with Debora Krumholtz in her home in Holiday Beach, Texas. Debora and her husband returned to their home to find almost nothing left. The only room without damage was their bathroom. "I was proud of this place. We never expected it to be this bad," she said. (Chuck Haupt/American Red Cross)
Holiday Beach was hit by Hurricane Harvey when it was a category 4 strength. Residents said the water was 5 feet high on the streets the day after the storm landed. (Chuck Haupt/American Red Cross)
Volunteers from the Mexican Red Cross support the American Red Cross and Hurricane Harvey relief effort at the George R. Brown Convention Center Mega Shelter. (Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)
Red Cross volunteers bring a hot dinner to the home of Suzzan and Roy in Port Aransas, Texas. When Red Cross volunteers arrived at their home, Suzzan became weepy and said, "Ya'll have no idea how much this means. God bless you guys." (Chuck Haupt/American Red Cross)
Volunteers transport warm meals into a school that is an operating Red Cross shelter for Harvey survivors displaced from their homes. (Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)
Volunteers facilitate the feeding line at the George R. Brown Convention Center mega shelter by portioning a hot meal of lasagna, carrots, salad and cookies, into to-go containers that people may enjoy at tables in chairs in the common area. (Daniel Cima/American Red Cross)
How You Can Help
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Pets In Shelters
The American Red Cross welcomes all service animals in our emergency shelters.
Red Cross shelters must accommodate a wide range of people. Along with infants, children and the elderly, we may also have people with pet allergies, asthma, or other health issues, and people with a fear of animals.