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Posted: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 04:23 AM

Updated: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 04:23 AM

How To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims In SE Texas

(CBS/WVLT) -- Southeastern Texas has seen widespread damage due to Hurricane Harvey, and the floodwaters are expected to rise for several more days. Officials told CBS News they expect 300,000 people to end up in emergency shelters and 450,000 people to register as disaster victims with federal government.

Here are ways to help victims affected by Harvey:

-- FEMA Administrator Brock Long encouraged people wanting to help to connect with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster online. How to Help Here.

-- The Mayor of Houston created the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The fund accepts tax deductible donations for flood relief victims. Donation instructions can be found here.

-- The American Red Cross said they are accepting donations by phone and online. Donors can text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

-- The Salvation Army said they are providing emotional and physical support to Harvey survivors. Contributions can be made here.

-- Catholic Charities USA is accepting donations online and by phone by texting CCUSADISASTER to 71777.

-- The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center reported that hospitals in Texas are facing blood shortages. The organization is asking for blood donations to stock up trauma centers.

--An East Tennessee representative for MEDIC said, "In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, MEDIC Regional Blood Center has offered assistance to Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, Texas. On Monday we expect to send blood products to Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to help them supply local hospitals in the affected area. Although nearly all blood products collected by MEDIC stay in the East Tennessee-area, we know that our donors are proud to send lifesaving blood to other areas in times of crisis.”

Find local blood donation centers here.

-- RAM Headquarters will open up as a drop-off site for disaster relief donations Monday. The organization is searching for physicians, nurses, EMT's, paramedics, veterinarians, truck drivers, general support, and volunteers with flat bottom boats who are ready to do heavy lifting to help those affected by the hurricane.

If you wish to volunteer, contact the RAM volunteer team at or call 865-579-1530. Anyone who would like to donate rather than volunteer, has been asked to send or drop off the following items to 2200 Stock Creek Boulevard in Rockford, TN 37853. Items needed: plastic totes, bleach, flashlights/batteries, mops, brooms, shovels, water, baby diapers, gatorade, dog food, cat food, and hygiene products.

--Kroger has partnered with the American Red Cross to give aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Beginning Monday, customers can donate at all Middle and East Tennessee, Northern Alabama, and Southern Kentucky Kroger locations. All money will be forwarded directly to the American Red Cross. The company will also make a corporate contribution to the relief efforts.

To make a donation, customers can simply add any amount they want to their total purchase when they checkout. The amount of each tax deductible donation will be seen on the customer's receipt as a contribution to the American Red Cross. All of the funds will be sent to the American Red Cross.










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