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 to reset your password or review your profile.

Please know, that although this program has assisted more than 477,000 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.

If you are in a life-threatening emergency due to Hurricane Harvey, please call 9-1-1 and trained emergency rescue professionals.

Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-866-526-8300 and choose option 3

In Texas and Louisiana, we are operating at full-steam to get help where it’s needed most. Even still, access to many areas remains complex, but day-by-day we are traveling into new communities and serving as a font of hope for those who have been waiting for additional support. From dusk until dawn, Red Cross staff and volunteers remain focused on those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, with a warm meal, a friendly smile or a shoulder to lean on.

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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.

Since October 13, together we have:

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Find Open Shelters

Use our tool to find a safe shelter during an emergency.

Find Open Shelters

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Mental Health Line

Red Cross health and mental health volunteers travel to disaster sites to help people cope. Health workers can provide first aid treatment for injuries, monitor the well-being of people staying in Red Cross shelters, and replace prescription medications or eyeglasses. Other workers specialize in providing emotional support and helping people to cope after a disaster.

You can contact the Mental Health Line by texting the word TALKWITHUS to 66746.

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 like

Experience 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 Harvey

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How You Can Help

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Hurricane Harvey Relief

The Red Cross honors donor intent and all donations earmarked for Hurricane Harvey will be used for our work to support this disaster. Americans work hard for their money, and we’re committed to being the very best stewards of our donors' dollars. The Red Cross keeps our expenses low, and 91 cents of every dollar we spend for this disaster will go to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Donate Now to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Your gift can make a difference. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. 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.

In-Kind Donations

We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.

  • It takes time and money to store, sort, clean and distribute donated items, which diverts limited time and resources away from helping those most affected. In contrast, financial donations can be accessed quickly to support those affected, and be put to use right away. With a financial donation, individuals can buy what they need and want.
  • Storing donated items can also result in thousands of dollars in warehousing, cleaning, transportation and handling fees-whereas financial donations allow us to be flexible to give those directly affected by Harvey what they need most.
  • 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.

  • For the well-being of all people who turn to the Red Cross for help after a disaster, there often needs to be physical space between animals and people. Often, that means animals must be housed in a separate area from their owners.
  • Information on pets and shelters in Texas is available at
  • As a member of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARCS), the Red Cross works alongside groups such as the American Humane Association and the ASPCA to help develop collaborative solutions to animal disaster response needs.