Local relief workers head south to help those in Harvey's wake

- More relief workers from the American Red Cross in Center City, Philadelphia are making their way south to Texas and Louisiana Tuesday morning to help those in need as Harvey continues to dump rain on thousands of residents. 

The images of devastation surfacing during the devastation and flooding in Texas have prompted folks in the Philadelphia area to spring into action.

Many people from around the Delaware Valley are already en route to the area to help the thousands of people who are now in need.

Monday morning, local relief workers formed a task force to send to Texas to provide some relief. The 45 person task force, bases out of Pennsylvania will send 11 major trucks on 22-hour journey to Texas, only stopping to fuel up.

That team was made up of 20 Philadelphia Firefighters and others from surrounding areas, prepared to be away from home for 2 weeks.

FOX 29’s Lauren Johnson reports 8 of those volunteers were working shifts at local firehouses when they got the call from FEMA.

MORE: How to help the Texas flooding victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey

40 more members of the Pennsylvania Task Force could hop on a plane and head to Texas is FEMA upgrades the response assistance needed.

These crews will mainly help with search and rescue efforts, and they will join 11 other teams in the area. Another team from our area is expected to arrive Monday, in the NJ Task Force One Team, who will be helping in Katy TX.

As more rain is expected, most of our emergency response teams are waiting on standby in case we need to send more manpower.

Meanwhile, those at home looking for a way to help are wondering what the best way to do that from a distance may be. The Red Cross insists that money is the most helpful thing you can give.

Established charities like the Red Cross and Salvation Army that are on the ground in the area are recommended. 

To help those hit by Harvey you can donate to the Red Cross by calling 1-800- RED CROSS or by tecting Harvey to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

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