American National Red Cross
The Red Cross is mobilizing hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster relief workers, truckloads of kitchen supplies, and tens of thousands of ready-to-eat meals to support this response effort. Trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets arrived in Texas on Friday. 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.
Just before Hurricane Harvey was upgraded in strength to a Category 4 storm on Friday, Direct Relief shipped an Emergency Health Kit full of enough supplies to treat 100 patients for 3 to 5 days. The kits contain critical medicines, like those needed to manage high blood pressure, asthma and other chronic conditions. Created as a sort of mobile pharmacy, the kit is built to be distributed to people impacted by natural disasters.
All Hands and Hearts
All Hands Volunteers' Response team has reach Texas and is currently in a staging position in San Antonio. They are currently in contact with FEMA, state emergency management officials and Texas VOAD to determine where their services are needed the most. All Hands' work is the essential next step after the life-saving work of emergency responders wind down. Their teams will help stabilize neighborhoods by meeting a variety of unmet needs, including clearing wreckage and mucking and gutting structures.