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“My childhood dream was to become a Red Cross volunteer,” says Chian-Ian. She’s part of a #RedCross mobile team taking hot meals to people impacted by Hurricane #Irma in the #Florida Keys. Chian-Ian also responded to Superstorm Sandy and tornadoes in #Oklahoma.
Red Cross #volunteer Mike recently finished his service with the U.S. Air Force following tours in Afghanistan, Korea, Germany and Kentucky. “I’ve seen the impacts of disaster and wanted to do something to help,” he said. Mike is just one of the many #RedCross volunteers helping in the Florida Keys. Nearly 3,000 Red Cross workers are responding to #Irma now, with more than 300 more volunteers on the way.
#RedCross#volunteer Julie Fox gets to visit the 10-week-old Labrador-Pitt Bull mix puppy that she is going to #adopt at the home of a local animal rescuer. Julie, on her first deployment, was at a kitchen in Sugar Land, #Texas, when a #Hurricane#Harvey victim who was leaving the state dropped the puppy off to her and quickly left. Just last year, Julie tragically lost her dog and cat to a home fire. “Everything happens for a reason,” she said, “this puppy was meant for me to take back home.” She appropriately named her new pet #Harvey.
In Fort Myers, #Florida, a retirement community of trailer and mobile homes off of Route 41 is completely flooded. It is one of many areas across the state that has been impacted by #Hurricane#Irma. The American Red Cross has a launched a wide-ranging relief effort to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people affected by this devastating storm. We are part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide #help to those in need. by Daniel Cima for the American #RedCross
The #RedCross continues to work around the clock to provide shelter, food, comfort and other emergency support to victims of #HurricaneHarvey. Last night, more than 7,500 people sought refuge in 33 Red Cross and partner shelters across #Texas. To date, there have been more than 350,000 overnight shelter stays for Hurricane Harvey. Along with our partners, we have served more than 1.6 million meals and snacks in Texas thanks to the dedicated efforts of more than 3,400 Red Cross disaster workers on the ground in Texas, with an additional 500 on the way.
We have a massive relief effort underway to provide safe refuge to people in the path of Irma’s fury. On Saturday, at Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School in Miami Dade, School Principal Elio Falcon said, "The Red Cross and the National Guard have been wonderful; all of our shelter residents feel safe here.” The #RedCross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to those in need. More than 1,800 Red Cross workers are responding to #Irma now with 400 more volunteers on the way.
Over the weekend, #Florida residents and their pets hunkered down in evacuation centers like Jorge Mas Canosa Middle School in Miami Dade. On Sunday night, an estimated 208,000 people sought refuge from Hurricane #Irma in more than 680 government and #RedCross evacuation centers across six states in addition to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
As we prepare for #Hurricane#Irma, our first priority is working with government and community partners to open #evacuation centers to provide people safe refuge. Evacuation centers are intended to provide immediate protection and save the lives of those in the path of this catastrophic and deadly storm. They will likely not have cots and blankets. Light snacks and water will be available in most situations.
Therefore, anyone coming to a hurricane evacuation center should bring their #emergency supplies kit with a minimum 3-day supply for each person of the following items: water (1 gallon per person, per day); food (non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items), bedding; medication, medical items and supplies; sanitation and personal hygiene items; and baby supplies. Please note that residents and pets will not be turned away from evacuation centers once tropical storm force winds begin. Anyone bringing a pet or service animal to an evacuation center should also bring enough water, food and other supplies for the animal. Please share with anyone who may be in Hurricane Irma's path. Stay #safe!
In Fort Myers, #Florida, homes like this one are being boarded up in anticipation of #Hurricane#Irma. For hurricane safety and preparedness information, please click on the link in our profile. by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross
Red Cross #volunteer Ted Mueller of Norwood, Colorado, brings hot meals to Mabel in Victoria, #Texas in the wake of #Hurricane#Harvey. “The Red Cross is wonderful. God bless you,” she shared. by Chuck Haupt for the American #RedCross
#Houston evacuee and Vietnam Green Beret veteran Rodney Roland shares his story of past battles and the present Hurricane #Harvey battle with a #RedCross volunteer with caretaker Christine Gibson looking on. by Dermot Tatlow for the American Red Cross.
In the George R. Brown Convention Center shelter, evacuees from Houston, 3-year-old Mar’ellis, and his father Michael, share a playful moment. Last night, more than 16,000 people sought refuge in 90 Red Cross and partner shelters across #Texas. We are also assisting the #Louisiana state government with emergency shelters which hosted more than 640 people last night. #Harvey
Nine-year-old Ty’Vise, a #Houston evacuee, plays at a #RedCross shelter. Sunday night, more than 32,000 people sought refuge in 192 Red Cross and partner shelters across #Texas. We are also assisting the #Louisiana state government with emergency shelters which hosted more than 1,000 people last night. #Harvey
Our friends from the Mexican Red Cross (@cruzroja_mx) have deployed 33 volunteers to help with #HurricaneHarvey relief efforts. "When I was at home I saw all the floods and the disaster, the first thing I thought was that we need to help,” says Carlos Castillo, a volunteer from Tijuana.
Port Aransas resident David carries a cleanup kit and other supplies to his home. David has lived in Port Aransas for nearly 15 years, and has never experienced a #hurricane like #Harvey. “I just don’t know what to say. I’ve never been through a storm, and definitely nothing like this,” he said. by Chuck Haupt for the American #RedCross
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A glimpse at the relief efforts just over one week after #Harvey made landfall in #Texas. The #RedCross continues to work around the clock to help thousands affected by #HurricaneHarvey as catastrophic flooding continues along the Gulf Coast.
The rain has stopped in #Texas and #Louisiana, but rivers and bayous in the region remain at record flooding levels - and flooding is expected to continue for days. The #RedCross is doing everything possible to get help to where it is needed. While access to many areas is still challenging, we are expanding our reach into more communities every day. For continued #Harvey updates, click the link in our bio.
Stephen Bentley unloads food from an emergency response vehicle at a shelter in San Antonio, #Texas. Stephen, of South Field, Michigan, started volunteering with the #RedCross during #Hurricane Katrina and hasn’t stopped since then. When describing why Stephen volunteers with the Red Cross he said, “I just want to help out. We need to appreciate what we have and help others in need. I always think, ‘it could be me.’” While #volunteering, Stephen has found it rewarding to work with so many other people who care. “I always try to encourage people to help out. It is worthwhile,” he said. by Chuck Haupt for the American Red Cross
As some #flood waters begin to recede, the #RedCross has activated 200 emergency response vehicles to help deliver meals and relief supplies in neighborhoods impacted by #HurricaneHarvey. In these pics, our volunteers hand out hot meals as they drive through communities in Port Aransas, #Texas. by Chuck Haupt for the American Red Cross
Nice boots, pup pup! In #Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center Red Cross shelter, we spotted this #RedCross worker’s service dog strutting red boots fit for the finest #volunteer. Pawsitively adorable. by Daniel Cima for The American Red Cross #Harvey
At a #RedCross shelter in #Houston, #Texas, 10-year-old Kortney comforts his mom, Jennifer, as she recalls her traumatic experience of being rescued by the Coast Guard following the impact and flooding caused by #HurricaneHarvey. by Daniel Cima for The American Red Cross
Texas Gulf Coast Region board member, Amy Gasea, and volunteer, Emanuel Castillo, hand out hot meals to shelter residents at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Photo by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross
We are truly humbled by the outpouring of support we’ve seen for the many families devastated by Hurricane #Harvey. Here’s a quick overview to help ensure your donation makes the most impact. #RedCross
American #RedCross President and CEO Gail McGovern embraces a resident at the Delco Center Shelter in #Austin, #Texas. More than 33,000 people in Texas sought shelter in Red Cross and partner shelters overnight because of the devastation caused by #HurricaneHarvey. by Chuck Haupt for the American Red Cross
The American #RedCross is working hard to get help to where it is needed as #Hurricane#Harvey’s catastrophic devastation is being called the worst #flooding disaster in U.S. history. On Tuesday night, 32,000+ people sought refuge in Red Cross and partner shelters. At the George R. Brown Convention Center in #Houston, #Texas, Red Cross #volunteer Rabia Vaid comforts six-week-old Anaya, one of the shelter’s youngest residents. by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross
Maria Garza visits her grandfather Jose Garza’s home after it was damaged by #flood waters. The Colorado River rose to astronomical levels in La Grange, #Texas, on August 28, filling his house with more than 5 feet of water. Looking at the damage, Maria held back tears, saying, “He has been here for a long time now. We didn’t even imagine it could be like this. Many of my family members lost everything. When I look at my grandfather’s house it hasn’t even hit me yet. I can’t image what he is feeling.” by Chuck Haupt for the American Red Cross #HurricaneHarvey
“We were airlifted from the Westbury area so that we could be taken to Ellington Field Station. One, because my brother is disabled and two, because actually this is the second time our house flooded...” Stephanie recounted her experience of being evacuated with her brother, Stevie, whom she cares for full-time. They are staying at the Red Cross shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in #Houston, #Texas. “We are both afraid of heights, but the Coast Guard was so professional, it really provided us comfort.” by Daniel Cima for the American #RedCross
#Cuero, #Texas. Chris Long lives with epilepsy and needs his service dog Diesel with him. Late at night on Sunday, August 27, Diesel alerted them that Chris was having a stroke. Without his service dog, Chris would not have gotten the medical attention he needed while staying at the shelter. Chris said, “The Red Cross, ya’ll are good people. If you need something they got you.” Chuck Haupt for American #RedCross#HurricaneHarvey#Harvey
"The rains keep falling, but help is here - and more is on the way." Catch our latest update on #HurricaneHarvey from the George R. Brown Convention Center in #Houston. #RedCross