(CBS/WVLT) -- Southeastern Texas has seen widespread damage due to Hurricane Harvey, and the floodwaters are expected to rise for several more days. Officials told CBS News they expect 300,000 people to end up in emergency shelters and 450,000 people to register as disaster victims with federal government.
Here are ways to help victims affected by Harvey:
-- FEMA Administrator Brock Long encouraged people wanting to help to connect with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster online. How to Help Here.
-- The Mayor of Houston created the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The fund accepts tax deductible donations for flood relief victims. Donation instructions can be found here.
-- The American Red Cross said they are accepting donations by phone and online. Donors can text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
-- The Salvation Army said they are providing emotional and physical support to Harvey survivors. Contributions can be made here.
-- Catholic Charities USA is accepting donations online and by phone by texting CCUSADISASTER to 71777.
-- The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center reported that hospitals in Texas are facing blood shortages. The organization is asking for blood donations to stock up trauma centers.
--An East Tennessee representative for MEDIC said, "In anticipation of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall, MEDIC Regional Blood Center has offered assistance to Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, Texas. On Monday we expect to send blood products to Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to help them supply local hospitals in the affected area. Although nearly all blood products collected by MEDIC stay in the East Tennessee-area, we know that our donors are proud to send lifesaving blood to other areas in times of crisis.”
Find local blood donation centers here.
-- RAM Headquarters will open up as a drop-off site for disaster relief donations Monday. The organization is searching for physicians, nurses, EMT's, paramedics, veterinarians, truck drivers, general support, and volunteers with flat bottom boats who are ready to do heavy lifting to help those affected by the hurricane.
If you wish to volunteer, contact the RAM volunteer team at email@example.com or call 865-579-1530. Anyone who would like to donate rather than volunteer, has been asked to send or drop off the following items to 2200 Stock Creek Boulevard in Rockford, TN 37853. Items needed: plastic totes, bleach, flashlights/batteries, mops, brooms, shovels, water, baby diapers, gatorade, dog food, cat food, and hygiene products.
--Kroger has partnered with the American Red Cross to give aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Beginning Monday, customers can donate at all Middle and East Tennessee, Northern Alabama, and Southern Kentucky Kroger locations. All money will be forwarded directly to the American Red Cross. The company will also make a corporate contribution to the relief efforts.
To make a donation, customers can simply add any amount they want to their total purchase when they checkout. The amount of each tax deductible donation will be seen on the customer's receipt as a contribution to the American Red Cross. All of the funds will be sent to the American Red Cross.
--As of 7 a.m. Monday, Publix Super Markets began collecting money at the register for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Money will be donated to the American Red Cross' Disaster Relief efforts. Customers are encouraged to stop by and support the victims and relief efforts to help them during their time of need.
--Austin Pets Alive! is helping work with shelters in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey to transport as many pets as possible to Austin. The organization is working to relocate and save animals who were threatened by Harvey's impacts. To donate and help Austin Pets Alive!, click here.
--From August 30 through September 6, Food City locations throughout Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee and North Georgia are participating in a fundraising campaign for those who have faced losses from Harvey. Customers wishing to make a monetary donation will be invited to do so at checkout, with their contribution added to their order total. 100 percent of the funds raised will be allocated between The Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse and The Houston Food Bank.
-Star Construction is collecting non-perishable food items, baby items, pet food and toiletries through Monday, September 4, at 8523 Asheville Highway until 6 p.m. every day. The items collected will be delivered to a school that is serving as makeshift housing in Houston.
-The Knoxville Jewish Alliance is taking donations for those affected by Harvey. Clothing, non-perishable food, puzzles, books, games and individual hygiene products will be collected and send directly to shelter locations. Items can be dropped of at Arnstein Jewish Community Center, Temple Beth El and the Heska Amuna Synagogue. Funds can also be donated by clicking here and choosing "Future Emergency Fund" in the drop-down menu titled 'Choose Program,' towards the bottom of the list.
-Tennessee Walmart customers can donate any amount to the American Red Cross at registers in Walmart stores and Sam's Clubs. Customers can also donate any amount on Walmart.com and Samsclub.com, or they can donate $10 by texting WALMART to 90999. For every $1 donated, Walmart will contribute $2 worth of cash or, at Walmart's option, needed product to the American Red Cross, up to $10 million. The campaign will run through September 6, 2017.
-Several churches are joining together to send water to Texas. The drop off point is at Living Water Missionary Baptist Church on Emory Road. If you would like to donate, please drop off water on Friday, Sept. 1, from 5 until 7 p.m, or on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., on Monday, from 5 until 7 p.m., or on Tuesday, from 5 until 7 p.m. Volunteers will be there to unload water cases from vehicles.