Portland Red Cross, already responding to wildfires, preparing to help Harvey victims

Red Cross volunteer Betsy Robertson

The department now is not looking for volunteers, but residents looking to lend a hand in addition to donating can contact South Texas Red Cross at 956-423-0523. "So we'll be working in shelters providing blankets and meals for the victims of the flood and the hurricane and just be there to transition them into dealing with this loss".

Miller Coors, which said it has deep roots in Texas, has been shipping drinking water to the area. Thousands of people have been trained as volunteers.

Anyone not physically able to deploy to a disaster area can still help by donating money, either online at or by phone by calling 1-800-Red-Cross.

"We are sending all of our folks and vehicles to help support this massive effort", said Colorado Red Cross Spokesperson, Nigel Holderby. The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check.

The American Red Cross has more than 40 shelters set up to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.

But it is the emotional impact - seeing the devastation for the people of Texas - that she is most anxious about.

EL PASO, TEXAS- The threat from Hurricane Harvey is far from over as extremely risky flooding continues in Texas and parts of Louisiana. "This will be a long recovery and a long response time for the Red Cross".

"When families across Texas need shelter, disaster relief and comfort, Red Cross volunteers are there to help them", said Amy Grace, Executive Director of the American Red Cross serving the Heart of Texas.

The memory of the Red Cross' help stuck with Luther, and years later she and her mother, Elizabeth Dean Luther, began volunteering with the organization a few years ago after Elba flooded.

"We're continuing to open shelters where we see the need", he said. Tap it and you have the option to donate $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or 200 dollars.

Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross vice president of Disaster Relief Operation, discussed the magnitude of the event.