One year after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas and Louisiana, the American Red Cross is still helping people affected by the powerful storm which caused billions of dollars in damage and changed lives forever.
More than 100 disaster-workers from the Palmetto SC Region of the Red Cross responded to help people in the impacted areas over the last year. In fact, one South Carolina volunteer is in virtually deployed today helping with the long-term recovery effort.
Through the extraordinary support of the American public, the Red Cross raised $522.7 million to help Harvey survivors. Now, a year later, the organization has already spent or made commitments to spend 77 percent of these funds on emergency relief and recovery assistance – or approximately $403.1 million. The remaining funds will be used to support individuals and families needing additional help, as well as to provide longer-term recovery services in affected communities. And, 91 cents of every dollar received for Hurricane Harvey will be spent on our services to people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“The support for those whose lives Hurricane Harvey turned upside down has been absolutely inspiring,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer. “There is certainly more work ahead, but thanks to the generosity of our donors and the dedication of our South Carolina volunteers, the Red Cross will continue to be there to lend a helping hand.”
Full details are available in the Red Cross’ Hurricane Harvey One-Year Update. View personal stories of how the Red Cross helped people after this devastating storm in this moving video