HURRICANE FAST FACTS
September 20, 2017
The American Red Cross has a launched a wide-ranging relief effort to provide safe shelter, food and comfort to people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, even as Hurricane Maria strikes Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Red Cross is part of a large team of agencies and organizations responding to provide help to those in need.
- Overnight, more than 10,000 people were provided refuge in almost 200 government and Red Cross shelters in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- On the U.S. Virgin Islands, 145 people took refuge in 6 evacuation shelters.
- In Puerto Rico, 10,100 people hunkered down in 173 government evacuation shelters.
- More than 160 Red Cross disaster workers were positioned in Puerto Rico and the USVI, riding out the storm. Hundreds more are positioned to deploy where they are needed, with supplies, once the storm passes.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
- In the last three weeks, the Red Cross and community partners have provided more than 955,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters due to hurricanes.
- Overnight, almost 3,800 people stayed in 21 Red Cross and partner shelters across Texas. To date, there have been more than 400,000 overnight shelter stays provided for Hurricane Harvey.
- The Red Cross has served more than 3.35 million meals and snacks to people in need.
- More than 5,800 Red Cross disaster workers and more than 330 emergency response vehicles – nearly our entire vehicle fleet – are on the ground right now, helping thousands of people affected by these storms.
- More than 76 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
- 65 workers from Northeast Ohio have been deployed to the hurricane relief efforts, and more are expected to respond to Hurricane Maria.
- Yesterday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico killed hundreds of people.
- More than 90 ambulances and an urban rescue unit of the Mexican Red Cross are helping search for survivors, transporting the injured to hospitals and providing first aid on the scene.
- The Mexican Red Cross has deployed dozens of doctors and nurses to help with the response.
- In all, more than 500 volunteers and staff were activated in the hours immediately following the disaster.
- 17 urban rescue units, ambulances and logistic units will arrive today with more almost 70 more volunteers and staff.