North Texas cities pitch in for Harvey relief efforts: How you can help

Updated Aug. 28 at 4:55 p.m.: This story was update to include information regarding deployed personnel from the city of Lewisville.

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, North Texas city governments and businesses have banded together to aid the thousands affected by the record-setting flooding.

Nonprofits like Red Cross DFW, the North Texas Food Bank and the Salvation Army are collecting money, food and supplies to aid victims of the hurricane. City governments such as Plano, Frisco and McKinney have responded by sending emergency personnel to the afflicted areas.

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Those wishing to volunteer in relief efforts can find further details below:

What cities are doing:

Frisco Fire department deployed an ambulance bus (or an Ambus) as well as emergency responders to South Texas to help with emergency services.

The city of Lewisville has 16 deployed personnel, an Ambus, fire engine and an inflatable boat.


Plano fire and rescue deployed two members, a firefighter and his K-9 and a logistics officer to aid in search-and-rescue efforts. Four fire personnel also deployed with a fire engine.

The McKinney Fire Department deployed two firefighters/paramedics to San Antonio, as well as a fire engine and personnel to Galveston County.

The city of Lewisville expects to have a total of 15 fire department personnel deployed, as well as an ambulance, two fire pool vehicles and a brush fire truck.

4 nonprofits accepting donations:

  1. Red Cross DFW: Call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

  2. Trusted World: Drop of donations, such as clothing, nonperishable food and toiletries at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, Dallas.

  3. North Texas Food Bank: Visit the North Texas Food Bank website to make a monetary donation.

  4. Salvation Army: Donate online by visiting the Salvation Army website or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Volunteers can register here:

The Mass Care Task Force—a collaboration of four North Texas nonprofits including the Red Cross DFW, Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank and VolunteerNow—working to assist evacuees at three area shelters. Volunteers expect to open a fourth shelter Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., Dallas, which will have the capacity to house approximately 5,000 evacuees. Register at this website.

Where evacuees will be sheltered:

Plano spokesperson Steve Stoler advised volunteers to not bring donated items to the shelters, as they do not have the necessary staffing or storage for such items. Rather, nonprofits like Trusted World are accepting donated items, including non-perishables, clothing and toiletries. Some of the centers housing evacuees can be found on the map below: