Overview

Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, as a Category 4 storm. It circled back out to the Gulf Coast and made a second landfall. Recovery efforts are ongoing as area rivers and bayous fall below major flood level. Long-duration flooding continues to hamper response and recovery activities.

FEMA indicates more than 135,000 homes were affected with more than 22,000 homes suffering at least five feet of inundation across 29 counties in Texas. As of September 7, all airports and seaports were operational and most major highways in Houston have reopened.

Texas VOAD members have scaled back search and rescue efforts and are moving fully into early recovery stages. The group asks volunteers to register and not self-deploy, which could create a burden on first responders in affected communities.

A major disaster declaration was signed on August 25. A state of emergency was also declared in Louisiana due to the storm.

The long-term costs of the storm are likely to exceed $30 billion when impacts on agricultural, energy, and labor sectors are accounted for, and full recovery will take years.

If you are a responding NGO or a donor, please send updates on how you are working in this crisis to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org.

If you are a donor looking for recommendations on how to help in this crisis, please email regine.webster@disasterphilanthropy.org.

Sources: The National Weather Service, FEMA, National Hurricane Center, Texas VOAD, responding NGOs.

Background

Members of FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force One (NE-TF1) perform one of many water rescues in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
Members of FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Nebraska Task Force One (NE-TF1) perform one of many water rescues in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. FEMA News Photo.

The long-term costs of the storm are likely to exceed $180 billion when impacts on agricultural, energy, and labor sectors are accounted for, and full recovery will take years. An estimated 99,500 residential homes may be affected, out of 2.2 million across 19 counties.

Approximately 300,000 people in Texas are without power, and 142 shelters are open in and around affected areas.

FEMA has deployed assets throughout the affected area. Other responding government agencies include:

  • The United States Geological Survey Texas Water Science Center deployed storm surge sensors in as many as 20 locations between the San Luis Pass and Corpus Christi.
  • The Civil Air Patrol is providing aircraft, vehicles, and personnel to accomplish aerial/ground imaging, damage assessments, and transportation of personnel and light cargo.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is conducting flood-fighting activities.
  • The Texas National Guard activated 12,000 members.

Current critical issues:


  • Housing – 21,000 people were still in shelters as of September 8.
  • Power – 27,000 in Texas without electricity.
  • Medical – Four hospitals remain closed.
  • Transportation – Flooding continues to impede traffic on roads and bridges.
  • Communication – 103,000 landline customers without service.
Local Texans walk through a flooded Orange, Texas neighborhood, Sept. 3, 2017. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts).
Local Texans walk through a flooded Orange, Texas neighborhood, Sept. 3, 2017. Hurricane Harvey formed in the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in southeastern Texas, bringing record flooding and destruction to the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts).

Donors and Funds

  • Abbvie Foundation, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • AdvoCare International Contributions Programs, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Aetna Foundation, Inc., $100,000 to American Red Cross, $100,000 to Community Foundation of Greater Houston, and $50,000 to Team Rubicon.
  • Albertsons Companies, Inc., Contributions Programs, $200,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Allergan Foundation, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Amazon.com, Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million customer match to American Red Cross.
  • American Express Company Contributions Program, $150,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Apple Inc. Contributions Program, $2 million to American Red Cross.
  • Associa Cares, Inc., $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Assurant Foundation, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Avangrid Foundation, Inc., $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio, $50,000 to Texas Baptist Men and $50,000 to Salvation Army.
  • Bayer Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to multiple recipients.
  • BBVA Compass Foundation, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • BP America Giving Program, $750,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. Contributions Program, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Contributions Program and Foundation, $10,250,000 to multiple recipients.
  • C2HM Hill, $70,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Campbells Soup Contributions Program, $25,000 to American Red Cross, $85,000 to Feeding America.
  • Caseys General Stores, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Caterpillar Foundation, $300,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Cheniere Energy, Inc., Contributions Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Chevron Corporation Contributions Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Chris Young, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Cigna Foundation, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Cisco Systems, $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Citi Foundation, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Coach Foundation, $200,000 to American Red Cross.
  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has launched a Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.
  • ConocoPhillips Corporate Giving Program, $2.5 million to American Red Cross, and $2.5 million to United Way of Greater Houston.
  • CVS Health Corporation Contributions Program, $25,000 to multiple recipients in donated products, $50,000 to Greater Houston Community Foundation, $25,000 to Salvation Army, and $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Daimler AG Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Dallas Cowboys Football Club, Ltd. Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston’s Flood Relief Fund.
  • DENSO North America, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Direct Energy, $25,000 to the American Red Cross.
  • Dollar General Corporation Contributions Program, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Dollar Tree Contributions Program, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Dow Chemical Company Contributions Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross, and $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • E & J Gallo Winery Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Eli Lilly & Company, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Entergy Corporation $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Exxon Mobile Corporation Contributions Program, $8,500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Facebook, Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million match to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.
  • FedEx Corporate Contributions Program, $1 million to multiple recipients in cash donations and transportation support.
  • General Electric Foundation, $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Google.org, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation is managing Mayor Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
  • E. Butt Grocery Company Contributions Program, $100,000 to unknown recipient.
  • Hilltop Holdings, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Home Depot Foundation, Inc., $1 million to American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon.
  • Honda North America, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Houston Texans Foundation, $1 million to United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund.
  • Humana Foundation, Inc., $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • IBM Corporate Giving Program, $2 million to American Red Cross in funds and in-kind services.
  • Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • International Paper Company Foundation, $750,000 to American Red Cross, and $250,000 to Feeding America.
  • Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Contributions Program, $50,000 in direct relief.
  • Jeffries Group, Inc. Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipients.
  • J. Watt, $100,000 to Houston Flood Relief Fund.
  • John Manville Corporation, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co. Contributions Program, $1 million to American Red Cross and other recipients.
  • Kellogg Company Contributions Program, $100,000 to Feeding America.
  • Kevin Hart, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Kindred Healthcare Inc., Contributions Program, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Kohls Corporation Contributions Program, $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Kroger Co. Foundation, $100,000 to Houston Food Bank.
  • Kubota Tractor Corporation Contributions Program, $1 million to unknown recipient.
  • Lennar Foundation, $1 million to United Way of Greater Houston.
  • Lexmark, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Lowe’s Companies, Inc., Corporate Giving Program, $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Lyft, Inc., $100,000 to Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey relief fund.
  • M&T Bank Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Major League Baseball Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to American Red Cross and others.
  • Marriott International Contributions Program, $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Master Card Incorporated Contributions Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Mazda North America, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • McDonald’s Corporation Contributions Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, $36 million to Rebuild Texas Fund.
  • Michael Kors Contributions Program, $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Microsoft Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Milestone Environmental Services, $5,000 to American Red Cross.
  • MillerCoors LLC Contributions Program, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • New England Patriots LP Contributions Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • NextEra Energy, Inc. Contributions Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • NFL Foundation, $1 million to United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund.
  • NRG Energy, Inc., Contributions Program, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • Olin Corporation, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Oncor Electric Delivery Company, LLC, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • ONEOK Foundation, Inc., $300,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Orbital ATK, Inc., $100,000 to United Way of Greater Houston.
  • Panda Cares, $500,00 to American Red Cross, and $500,000 to Tzu-Chi Foundation.
  • PenFed Credit Union Giving Program, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • PepsiCo Foundation, Inc., $1 million to American Red Cross, as well as in-kind product support to several recipients.
  • Phillips 66 Corporate Giving Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Pittsburgh Foundation, $50,000 to Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey relief fund.
  • Rockwell Collins Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Royal Bank of Canada Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc., $150,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Scholastic Corporation, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Sealed Air Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Secure View, LLC., $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Sempra Energy Foundation, $75,000 to American Red Cross and $75,000 to Americares.
  • Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc., $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Stanley Black and Decker, Inc. Contributions Program, $50,000 to American Red Cross, and $25,000 to Houston ToolBank.
  • Starbucks Foundation, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Stream Cares, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • SunTrust Foundation, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Target Corporation Contributions Program, $500,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Taylor Morrison Home Corporation Contributions Program, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • TD Ameritrade Contributions Program, $500,000 to American Red Cross.
  • TechnipFMC, $1 million to United Way of Greater Houston.
  • Tegna Foundation, Inc., $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Tempur Sealy International, Inc., $1 million to Good 360.
  • Tokio Marine Holdings, $225,000 to American Red Cross.
  • TransCanada Corporation, $100,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Union Pacific Corporation Contributions Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross, and $50,000 to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
  • United Airlines, Inc., Corporate Giving Program, $100,000 to American Red Cross, Americares, Airlink, and Operation USA.
  • UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Contributions Program, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • United Rentals, $200,000 to American Red Cross.
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has launched a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
  • UPS Foundation, $1 million to multiple recipients.
  • USANA True Health Foundation, $130,000 to multiple recipients.
  • Valero Energy Corporation Contribution Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Visa, Inc. Contributions Program, $250,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Vistra Energy Corporate Giving Program, $25,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Vitol Incorporated, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Walt Disney Company Contributions Program, $1 million to American Red Cross.
  • Wal-Mart Foundation, Inc., $10 million to American Red Cross, $2 million to Greater Houston Community Foundation, and $10 million to multiple recipients.
  • Waste Management, Inc., Contributions Program, $3 million to multiple recipients.
  • Waterton Corporation, $50,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Weatherford International, Inc. Contributions Program, $25,00 to Feeding Texas and $25,000 to J.J. Watt’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
  • Wells Fargo & Company Contributions Program, $500,00 to American Red Cross and $500,000 to other recipients.
  • Western Union Foundation, $30,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Whataburger Corporate Giving Program, $150,000 to American Red Cross.
  • Williams Companies, Inc., Contributions Program, $500,000 to United Way of Greater Houston.

If you have donated to recovery or have a fund for Hurricane Harvey, please send the information to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org.

NGOs

All Hands Volunteers remove flood-damaged drywall and wet insulation to prevent mold and harmful pathogens from developing within a Houston-area home. (Photo by All Hands Volunteers)
All Hands Volunteers remove flood-damaged drywall and wet insulation to prevent mold and harmful pathogens from developing within a Houston-area home. (Photo by All Hands Volunteers)
  • Airlink has activated its’ airline partner response for organizations responding in Texas.
  • All Hands Volunteers has multiple teams on the ground in a number of locations and will be running more than 200 volunteers per day within the next few weeks. Current operations are focused on muck, gut, debris and tree removal in the greater Houston and Aransas Pass areas.
  • American Logistics Aid Network is coordinating transportation and warehouse needs for organizations responding in Texas.
  • American Red Cross has deployed several hundred disaster workers to Texas and is actively managing numerous shelters for those displaced by the hurricane and associated flooding. The Red Cross is also working to pre-position supplies ahead of expected regional flooding in Texas.
  • Americares has delivered nearly $2 million in medicine and supplies to Texas since Harvey made landfall. The organization is continuing to provide medicine, supplies and management support to San Jose Clinic, allowing it to serve low-income Houston residents and 10 other clinics within 100 miles.
  • ASPCA has deployed its disaster response team to assist in the transport and relocation of displaced animals in Harris County, Texas. ASPCA also is assisting Houston SPCA in providing sheltering supplies and distributing provisions to serve animals. Search-and-rescue teams are actived in both Texas and Louisiana.
  • Clean the World is providing disaster relief and hygiene kits in affects areas.
  • Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team has deployed six semi trucks of relief supplies and emergency products to the affected areas of Hurricane Harvey. There are another 12 loads ready, headed to the staging area in Victoria, Texas, where many of the affected communities can easily reached. The team has already distributed product in Corpus Christi, Rockport, and Ingleside areas. A fleet of semi trucks and equipment are on-site to provide immediate deliveries as requests come in from partners on the ground, as well as local and state relationships.
  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Greater Houston is working to provide support to those effected through individual and group services.
  • Direct Relief is working with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers and has worked to distribute requested medical essentials throughout the affected area. Hurricane Prep Packs were also prepositioned throughout the area ahead of landfall.
  • Feeding America is assisting in directing national donations to affected areas and has shipped thousands of pounds of food and supplies, including shelf-stable food, fresh produce, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products.
  • Habitat for Humanity is conducting rapid assessments and has an emergency team in the area. Evacuation orders currently affect at least five Habitat affiliates; and assessments in these areas will be slow coming if evacuation orders are extended.
  • HealthCare Ready has activated RX Open and is working with government agencies in the region to meet current and anticipated health needs.
  • ICNA Relief has deployed a national team to work alongside its’ teams in Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. Areas of focus are feeding, facilitation of volunteers and medical assistance, hygiene kits, case management, and muck-out efforts.
  • International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has activated its Emergency Response Network, or Frontline, comprised of emergency response personnel to help people affected by the storm with emotional and spiritual care and conducting needs assessments. Emergency assistance, including clean-up supplies, personal hygiene items and infant care items is being supplied to Houston and surrounding communities. IOCC anticipates ongoing relief and recovery efforts in the region to clean and rebuild homes in the weeks and months following the storm’s devastation.
  • Mennonite Disaster Service is working to clean up and cutting trees in rural Victoria County.
  • Mercy Corps has responded and plans to provide support for 50,000 people in the Houston area with early recovery efforts, focusing on underserved groups, including low-income families, immigrants, and refugees. Support includes gift cards to local merchants, food and clothing, and transit passes, amont other items.
  • NECHAMA is currently monitoring Hurricane Harvey closely and working with local partners and national partners. NECHAMA plans to send an assessment team to survey and scout the affected area and plan an appropriate response.
  • Project Hope has medical volunteers in Houston working with The San Jose Clinic and Heart International. Project Hope is supplying hygiene kits and has additional volunteers on standby.
  • Red Cross has provided more than 350,000 overnight stays in Texas in response to Harvey. Additionally, 3,400 disaster workers on the ground have served more than 1.6 million meals and snacks, provided nearly 535,000 health and mental health contacts and distributed more than 362,000 relief items like diapers, bug spray, cleaning supplies, coolers, and personal hygiene kits.
  • Salvation Army has water, drinks, clean-up kits, shelter supplies and other items dispatched to locations throughout Texas. Nearly 100 mobile kitchens are deployed to Dallas and San Antonio.
  • Samaritan’s Purse has deployed relief units to Texas, where teams are tarping damaged roofs, chainsawing fallen trees, and cleaning up storm debris in accessible areas.
  • Save the Children is working with some 700 child-care networks to assess damage and helping them re-open. The group has provided materials to 20 Houston-area agencies. It plans to launch Journey of Hope resiliency program targeted at helping 10,000 children.
  • SPCA of Texas is caring for 70 pets of evacuees and expects more to follow. The group also is working with the Austin Humane Society and San Antonio Animal Care Service to reconnect pets with their owners.
  • St. Vincent de Paul is working throughout Texas with local and national teams. SVDP works to provide services that meet the short- and long-term needs following a disaster, such as food, shelter and clothing and case management and the House in a Box® program.
  • World Vision has mobilized its network in the affected area and is distributing emergency supplies through 15 churches and local partner organizations in Texas and Louisiana.

Please send your updates to anna.hurt@disasterphilanthropy.org to be included here.

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Facts & Stats

  • Harvey is the first major hurricane (Category 3 or larger) since Hurricane Wilma in South Florida in 2005.
  • At least 70 people have died as a result of the storm.
  • Thousands in Texas and Louisiana remain without power (more than 300,000 in Texas, and 11,000 in Louisiana).
  • National Guards in Texas and Louisiana activated.
  • Tens of thousands are at shelters across the state of Texas. That number is expected to continue to grow.
  • FEMA has received more than 550,000 registrations for disaster assistance. It has awarded more than  $114 million in aid to 161,000 survivors.
  • FEMA modeling indicates 2.7 million homes across 29 counties affected.
  • Hurricane Harvey dumped enough water to supply New York City for 69 years.