LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Seventeen Red Cross disaster workers from Kentucky are headed to Texas to help with recovery after Hurricane Harvey blows through this weekend.

Officials were originally planning to send only half that number but called-in more workers when they saw how bad the storm is expected to be. They'll help to prepare shelters and mobilize relief supplies.

"We sent four of our emergency response vehicles. We have about 40 across the country that are on their way there or there," said Jennifer Adrio, CEO of Red Cross Kentucky Region. "And so those folks will be driving across the country and will take a couple days to get there. And those are the vehicles that actually we serve food out of and supplies out of."

The Red Cross has more than 17 shelters ready to open and support thousands of people. And trailers full of shelter and relief supplies have been moved into place, including cots, blankets and cleaning supplies.

If you'd like to help, you can give a donation through Redcross.org or make a $10 donation by texting "redcross" to 90999.

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