Hurricane Harvey Response Information

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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.

The Red Cross has provided emergency relief to hundreds of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane made landfall on August 25, and affected millions of people across Texas and southwestern Louisiana, dropping more than 50 inches of rain that led to catastrophic flooding. Hundreds of thousands of homes were damaged in Texas alone. Hurricane Harvey caused the worst flooding disaster in U.S. history, inundating community after community with record rainfall and devastation – including the city of Houston.

Thanks to our generous supporters, the Red Cross has raised $493.3 million, including the value of critical donated goods and services to help those affected.

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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.

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.

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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

View the slideshow:

How You Can Help

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Hurricane Harvey Corporate Supporters

Thank you to the generous companies and organizations who supported our response efforts.

See the full list of supporters

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Support Disaster Relief Efforts

The Red Cross honors donor intent and all donations earmarked for Disaster Relief will be used to help people affected by disasters, big and small. Americans work hard for their money, and we’re committed to being the very best stewards of our donors’ dollar. The Red Cross keeps our expenses low and an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.

Donate Now to Disaster Relief

Help people affected by disasters big and small.

$10.00 is the minimum online donation amount. All donations are tax deductible.

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 http://petfrindlytravel.com/pet_shelters#TX.
  • 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.