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 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.
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:
Distributed over $190 million in financial assistance authorized to help over 477,000 households
Served nearly 4.2 million meals and snacks with our partners in Texas and Louisiana
Provided over 414,000 overnight stays in shelters
Distributed over 1.5 million relief items like diapers, cleaning supplies, coolers and comfort kits
Provided over 118,000 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 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
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
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. 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.
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.
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.