American Red Cross Issues One-Month Progress Report on Relief Response for Historic Hurricane Harvey
Detailed Report Shows How Donations are Being Used to Support Relief and Recovery Efforts for Those Affected
WASHINGTON, Wednesday, October 4, 2017 — The American Red Cross issued a detailed one-month progress report today on its efforts to provide food, water, shelter, relief supplies, health support, financial assistance and other aid to people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“During this first month, the Red Cross has provided emergency relief to hundreds of thousands of people affected by Hurricane Harvey. But there is still much work to be done, and we will be there to help for months – if not years – to come,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. “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. We are incredibly grateful for the generous outpouring of support that has enabled us to help the survivors of this storm.”
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. One month later, there are still nearly 1,100 people in shelters in Texas, while thousands of others are cleaning out their damaged homes.
WHERE YOUR DONATIONS ARE GOING
As of September 25, the Red Cross has raised $350 million in designated donations for Harvey. All donations earmarked for Hurricane Harvey will be used to support relief and recovery efforts for this disaster. Learn more about how donations are helping in this video or in our detailed report. The following are examples of how donations are being used:
About the American Red Cross:
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.