Help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
 
American Red Cross
Disaster Alert
Hurricane Harvey
 
Dear John,

The threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over, as extremely dangerous flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana.
 
Getting help in some areas will be challenging in the days ahead due to devastating floodwaters and closed roads. This is a heartbreaking and challenging situation for those in the storm’s path.
 
The American Red Cross, thanks to the generosity of our supporters and volunteers, is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by this disaster.

This is a time for communities to come together and support one another.
 
Thanks to the generosity of 7-Eleven, Inc., all donations made in the next 24 hours to Hurricane Harvey will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $150,000. This is a chance for your impact to go twice as far. Please give generously to those who need it most.
Your help is needed now
Photo by Daniel Cima for the American Red Cross. Friday, August 26, 2017. Victoria, Texas.
Special thanks to 7-Eleven, Inc. for their generous match of $150,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Here is an update on our response, as well as ways to get help:

More than 1,800 people took refuge from the deadly storm Saturday night in 34 Red Cross and community shelters in Texas, and one shelter in Louisiana. We have enough shelter supplies in Texas to support 28,000 people and supplies for an additional 22,000 people are being sent in now. In addition, tractor trailer loads of ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are on the ground in Texas. Nearly half of our emergency response fleet – more than 150 vehicles – have been mobilized. The Red Cross has prepositioned blood products in Houston ahead of the storm to help ensure we can maintain an adequate blood supply.

Harvey will continue to produce an additional several feet of rain over the next several days, and millions of people are facing flash flood warnings, including the entire Houston metro area, which is under a flash flood emergency.

There are numerous reports of people stranded in their homes, and water rescues are ongoing. Roads are flooded, rail lines are shut down, airports closed and hundreds of thousands are without power. Numerous hospitals, nursing facilities and dialysis centers are closed.

Please donate now and have your gift matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $150,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

If a friend or loved one is in harm’s way, urge them to be safe and listen to the advice of emergency officials. People in life-threatening situations that need rescue should call 9-1-1 or the U.S. Coast Guard at 281-464-4851.

You can find shelters by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), visiting redcross.org or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.

I will continue to keep you updated with more information on our response. I am so grateful to you and your support of the Red Cross.


Sincerely,

Harvey Johnson
Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services
American Red Cross
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