Philly area answers the call for Hurricane Harvey help

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Even before Hurricane Harvey had made landfall, first responders and others from the Philadelphia region were on the ground in Texas ready to help with the aftermath of the megastorm whose rains are expected to continue well into the week.

And groups are preparing to do more.

The Philadelphia Red Cross dispatched a volunteer from Bucks County to Texas on Thursday before the storm hit to assist with logistics, said spokesman Dave Skutnik. Additional volunteers are on standby, if needed, along with three vehicles stocked with disaster relief supplies,  he said.

“We are just waiting for the word they are needed,” Skutnik said Saturday.

Additional volunteers were brought in Saturday to staff the Red Cross’s regional call center in Center City, he said. About a dozen volunteers are handling calls from Texas from people seeking shelter or assistance, he said.

New Jersey has also sent about a dozen Red Cross volunteers to Texas, and is prepared to send additional resources, said Diane Concannon, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Region. “We are on standby,” she said.

The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Those wanting to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey can do so by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on or on 1-800-RED CROSS. If paying by check, write Hurricane Harvey in the memo line.

The Salvation Army is also seeking donations at

If you are aware of other local Hurricane Harvey initiatives, please send them to

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