Shelter from the Storm: Stories from the Texas Gulf Coast


Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.

As mentioned before but what sometimes get lost is that the people that at the local Red Cross chapters in Texas as well as those coming in from elsewhere are trained volunteers-just like the ones from the Salvation Army and Team Rubicon and All Hands Volunteers. They do incredible work in times of trouble and like the other similar organizations want to help everybody get upright so that they’ll be all right.

by Jennifer Hansen, American Red Cross Regional Digital Marketing Specialists

Under cloudy, humid skies, the threat of rain hanging heavy in the air, Tonya McIntyre is a welcome ray of sunshine. Standing outside the Walnut Hill Recreation Center in Dallas, which, as of yesterday, has operated as a City of Dallas shelter for Hurricane Harvey evacuees, the Houston resident epitomizes someone making the best of her situation.

“Once I arrived, the Red Cross seemed like they had everything organized, they were very friendly,” she said. “To me, it’s like a mini vacation in the middle of a bad situation.”


Tonya is one of hundreds of south Texas residents that now occupy the shelter, having fled the Category 4 storm as it made landfall near Rockport, TX, late Friday night. Winds of 130 mph, blinding rain, dangerous storm surges and catastrophic flooding came with it, and early reports of damage are…

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