Thousands arrived at the George R. Brown Convention Center after being plucked from rooftops by rescuers in helicopters or scooped up by volunteer emergency responders in boats. Many have lost everything to flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey's relentless rains.
The center was initially set up with 5,000 cots. As of early Tuesday morning, 9,021 evacuees had checked into the sprawling convention center on the east side of Houston's downtown.
Crowd control is going smoothly and meals are being served on a regular basis, said Tom McCasland, director of the Housing and Community Development Department. Pets are welcome, too, and the Red Cross expects to have enough food to feed 20,000 people.
When seeing images of the horrible flooding in Texas, it's easy to feel helpless when, in fact, it's easy to help. Here's what you can do:
- Donate to the Red Cross' Hurricane Harvey fund by clicking here or give $10 by texting HARVEY to 90999.
- Many animals have been displaced. You can donate to the SPCA by clicking here.
- Donate to the Salvation Army's Harvey relief fund here.
- The Texas Diaper Bank is putting together relief kits for families in need, as diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies.
- Save the Children has established a fund specifically for Harvey relief.
- GoFundMe has gathered Harvey-specific fundraising campaigns.
- Make an appointment with Bloodsource to give blood.
- The Greater Houston Community Foundation is soliciting donations.
- To help law enforcement officers who have lost their homes and cars, you can donate to assisttheofficer.com.
Keep checking back as we update this list.