More Volunteers and Counting as the Need Increases
As Hurricane Harvey continues to impact the southeastern portions of the state, the American Red Cross continues to mount a massive relief effort for the most deadly and devastating hurricane forecast to strike the United States in over a decade.
Hurricane Harvey has made landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast with over 100 mph winds and up to 35 inches of rain, leading to devastating and life-threatening flooding.
Tornadoes are also possible. The storm is expected to hover over parts of Texas and Louisiana for several days.
The Red Cross has already mobilized hundreds of trained Red
Cross disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies as well as tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals to support this response effort.
Trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets—enough to support more than 20,000 people— are in Texas.
“The Indiana region of the American Red Cross has deployed 26 volunteers and two emergency response vehicles to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Duchess Adjei, regional communication director. “We’re thankful for the dedication of volunteers that are willing to help those in need and advance the humanitarian mission.”
More than 40 Red Cross emergency response vehicles are activated with more on alert.
The Red Cross is also working in close collaboration with government officials and community partners in both Texas and Louisiana to coordinate potential response efforts.
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. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check.
The Indiana Region serves 87 Indiana counties consisting of six Red Cross chapters: Central Indiana (Indianapolis headquarters), Northern Indiana (South Bend headquarters), Northeast Indiana (Fort Wayne headquarters), Northwest (Merrillville headquarters), Southern Indiana (Evansville headquarters) and West Central Indiana (Terre Haute headquarters).