Red Cross data addresses cries of inadequate assistance

Red Cross data addresses cries of inadequate assistance

As of Monday, Sept. 25, the American Red Cross has invested more than $100 million in Texas alone in the aftermath of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey, with roughly $12 million of those dollars going directly to aid residents of the Golden Triangle, according to Red Cross Regional Communications Manager Ekland Durousseau.

“In the last month, the American Red Cross has launched a wide-ranging relief effort to help people devastated by three historic, back-to-back hurricanes - Harvey, Irma, and Maria,” Durousseau reports. “The Red Cross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to communities turned upside down by these three category 4 storms.”

When reporting the data on Monday, Sept. 25, Durousseau stated that, overnight the night before, 1,400 people stayed in 15 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. To date, more than 411,000 overnight shelter stays have been provided.

“Along with our partners, we have served more than 3 million meals and snacks in Texas and Louisiana,” she further reported. Additionally, according to Durousseau, more than 2,800 Red Cross disaster workers are on the ground in Texas, with more than 125 on the way; as many as 157 emergency response vehicles are helping to deliver meals and relief supplies across the hardest hit areas of Texas; and Red Cross volunteers have provided more than 96,000 mental health and health services to support and care for people in Texas and Louisiana.

“We’ve distributed more than 1 million relief items like diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and comfort kits containing deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other hygiene items, in Texas and Louisiana,” Durousseau stated, and added that, “As of Sept. 25, the Red Cross has authorized a little over $12 million in financial assistance in the Golden Triangle, (and) collectively authorized more than $100 million to help more than 270,000 Texas households severely affected by Hurricane Harvey and continues to process applications.”