Tropical Storm Harvey: Rescued evacuees seek shelter

American Red Cross provides food shelter to those in need during hurricane

Davila, one of a 1,000-strong crowd in a makeshift shelter in the George R. Brown Convention Center, arrived in a police auto with her husband, her daughter and the children.

"I lost everything - cars, I lost a couple vehicles".

Organizations including the Red Cross, Dallas County, Parkland Hospital, the Salvation Army, Children's Hospital and several volunteer agencies are now working to have the shelter taking people in by Tuesday morning, NBC News reports.

The scene inside the center presented a stark contrast to the chaos at New Orleans' Superdome arena that housed thousands of displaced people following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and which became an emblem of the hardship that engulfed that city.

American Red Cross volunteers are working to provide food, shelter and comfort for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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Red Cross Spokesperson Anthony Tornetta told CNN the agency readied supplies ahead of Harvey's arrival and is continuing to bring in more.

Once evacuees arrive and go through a security screening, they check in.

"We're going to ensure that people that have been affected have everything they need as they go forward", Tornetta said. "Texas has never seen an event like this". She was then taken to a boat, which dropped her, her husband, and her 17-year-old son off at a Walmart. Earlier in the day Monday, rumors swelled that officers were checking the immigration status of those arriving at the convention center. Since the storm hit she said she's already waited in many long lines for help. The The center continues to accept evacuees.

Jeff Schlegelmilch, deputy director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, said even though FEMA and the Red Cross are trying to avoid large structures, often, they're the only spot. The center still needs cots, blankets and towels, but McCasland discouraged people from donating large amounts of clothing, unless they were in larger sizes.

The Red Cross has prepared shelters as far away as Dallas, and San Antonio city officials have ramped up operations to host people from Houston and other parts of the Texas coast ravaged by Harvey.


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