Red Cross financial assistance to be available for Hurricane Harvey

Recovering from Harvey

The American Red Cross will be providing financial assistance to Texas households severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey and need help taking care of emergency needs, though the charitable organization says it is still ironing out registration information.

"Right now, we are in the initial few hours of this effort and are focusing on helping people in emergency shelters," Red Cross spokesperson Ekland Durousseau said in a news release. "We are experiencing an exceedingly high demand, and ask that people please be patient. We plan to share additional information soon, including how to register. Registration will be open for 30 days."

In the meantime, assistance will be available for those significantly affected by Hurricane Harvey which includes:

· Primary residence was severely impacted by Harvey.

· Household is in need of emergency assistance.

· Household was displaced by the impact of Harvey.

· Verifiable pre-disaster primary address in one of these 39 Texas counties Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzalez, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller and Wharton.

Durousseau said over the phone that people seeking assistance and are unsuccessfull visiting should call 1-800-733-2767.

The Red Cross is trying to increase its bandwidth on its website due to the high volume of traffic.

Funds for the recovery effort come from a mass number of donations, Durousseau said, though an exact figure was not revealed.

People who do not have severe and critical needs can still get assistance from the Red Cross if they qualify based on the organization's criteria, Durousseau said.

"They can still come to us if they have additional needs for longer term recovery," she said. "We haven't entered into the recovery phase. We're still in the initial response phase."

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