The Red Cross has the volunteers it needs for Hurricane Harvey, but others who want to help can “send money and give blood,” said Peggy Barnhart, regional communications manager of the American Red Cross.
The National Hurricane Center forecast called for the Category 3 storm to make landfall Friday near Corpus Christi, Texas. Predictions were that storm surge and damaging winds would be a problem up and down the Texas coast.
Airlines were making adjustments in anticipation of the storm.
United and Delta Airlines, which fly from St. Louis to Corpus Christi, were waiving change fees for some travelers. As of Friday morning, flights were still connecting to airports in Texas but no new ticket purchases were available for Friday or Saturday. According to Expedia, flights were available on Sunday on multiple airlines.
For those hoping to help from home, there are options.
“Send money and give blood; both of those will be needed to cover this response,” Barnhart said. “Because blood drives will be canceled throughout Texas.”
St. Louis had three Red Cross emergency response vehicles on standby, each staffed with two people. Additional volunteers were to be sent if needed
“We’re waiting to get a destination, and those six people, trained volunteers, will head out,” Barnhart said. They are trained in shelter management, meal distribution, damage assessment and more.