Harvey damage "devastating" — Red Cross

Harvey damage

"The amount of rain that is coming, the amount of rain that's already been there, the amount of flooding is pretty bad and it will only get worse in the next couple days".

Lynda Joly, also a volunteer put it this way: "Those people down there, they need our help".

Sam and Tena Devereux have worked in several disaster zones and plan to spend at least two weeks in the middle of the devastation. "It hasn't played out", said Khris Anderson, North Alabama Red Cross Executive Director.

Four fully-equipped emergency response vehicles were also sent from SC to provide immediate assistance.

"To provide that mass feeding". People don't need clothes right now because they don't have anywhere to keep them. The Red Cross has trailers full of shelter supplies including cots and blankets, the Red Cross said. The company is also matching Red Cross donations made by its employees.

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"It is important to take a few quick steps to ensure that these needed donations are really going to victims or to organizations providing victim and community support". Mobile units are key in disasters because crews can bring food and supplies to people in devastated areas.

"I think that we know how important it is to be forward facing in how we're spending donor dollars", Venter said. "I am on my way today to a mega-shelter that will probably have about 3,000 people in it", she said.

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"That's what they sign up for", says Tony Guerra, Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross in Duluth.

She makes sure this ERV is ready when called upon.

Anderson said North Alabama volunteers are assisting in mass feedings, driving the emergency response vehicles, and shelter management.

At the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), they're revolving doors have been spinning all day.

A husband wife team deploying from Westchester described what they expect to see when they get to Houston. "Let them know that other people care about their situation and that we're thinking about them".

More than 40 Red Cross volunteers from IN have been deployed to Texas, including Montgomery County's Jerry Gorrell, who is helping feed victims.

Exxon Mobil - The gas giant has donated $500,000 to Red Cross organizations along the Gulf Coast.