As rain and floodwaters from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey recede, the Red Cross is pouring resources into the area to help flood victims with the aid of partner agencies. The Red Cross is also being used to coordinate emergency relief efforts among government agencies, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others.
Here is a snapshot of what the relief agency says they’re doing.
An estimated 32,000 people have sought refuge in more than 230 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas as of Tuesday night. Emergency shelters are also open in Louisiana, and are filling up fast.
More than 1,500 disaster workers are on the ground, and hundreds more are on the way, including some from the Stateline area. They are being joined by a group of highly-skilled volunteers from the Mexican Red Cross who will help support shelters, distribute aid and connect with Spanish speaking disaster survivors to keep them informed about support available to them.
The Red Cross has served more than 180,000 meals and snacks have since the storm began.
There are enough shelter supplies, such as cots and blankets, for more than 50,000 people in Texas. Trailers of kitchen supplies are on the ground to support 6 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day, and 6 more trailers are on the way. There are also about 116,000 ready-to-eat meals currently on the ground with an additional 39,000 in route.
Blood products were pre-positioned in Houston and Dallas ahead of the storm by the Red Cross, which is working closely with local, state and federal authorities to deliver blood and platelets to hospital partners in flood affected areas.
The Red Cross is not a governmental agency, but rather a non-profit which depends in part upon donations from the general public. Learn more about how you can help during Thursday’s ‘Day of Caring’ by clicking here.