How you can help Harvey survivors

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Thousands of those in Hurricane Harvey’s wake are dealing with the immediate destruction, but recovery efforts could take months. FEMA is already estimating 450,000 people will apply for disaster assistance. Across the country, many spared from damage may want to help.

You can donate to the Red Cross by going to its website, calling 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) or texting 90999 to donate $10. The money goes toward recovery efforts.

Donate By Phone:
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 now.

Donate Online:
Donate to the Red Cross online here.

If you’d like to help in your community, find your local chapter of the Red Cross online and ask what you can do to support its work. Some may not be prepared to accept donations or coordinate volunteer efforts, so check first before taking action.

The Rhode Island Blood Center is calling on the community to donate blood in the next two weeks to help prevent blood shortages in the Gulf coast areas affected by Harvey.

Because blood donations take two days of safety testing to process, it is the blood on the shelves from regular blood donors that allows RIBC to respond in times of crisis. Tomkins adds, “Our first priority is to ensure the blood supply in Rhode Island and Southeastern New England, but we also want to continue to be as responsive as possible to the country’s needs in the coming weeks, while ensuring that we continue to provide excellent service for the hospitals and patients we serve.”

If you have questions about whether you can donate, visit

The city of Houston has also established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. People can donate online at, or send checks or money orders to Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056.

“We are getting calls from across the country and right here in our hometown, and the generosity of people who understand this disaster is truly amazing,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “Together we can make a difference to those who will need extensive help to get back on their feet once this storm is over.”