As many as 14 people from Northeast Ohio were either on their way to Texas or already there Monday on behalf of the American Red Cross to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

At least three people are from the greater Akron area, said Mary Williams, spokeswoman for the Summit, Portage and Medina counties chapter.

“We sent our emergency response vehicle from Akron,” she said.

The truck, which left Monday morning, will join other Red Cross vehicles in Texas to transport cots, blankets, clean-up items, food and more, she said.

Among the local people going down was a volunteer expert in information technology who will help the Red Cross establish and maintain communications infrastructure, Williams said.

People who want to help with the weather disaster in Texas are asked to make monetary donations directly to the Red Cross. Money donations will help the Red Cross immediately purchase needed items for Texas, Williams said.

“We are not currently taking any physical items,” Williams said.

The Red Cross offers multiple options to donate to Hurricane Harvey efforts:

• To donate online, go to www.redcross.org/donate/donation. Minimum donation, using either a credit card or PayPal, is $10. The “I Want To Support” pull-down menu has a Hurricane Harvey choice.

• Text HARVEY to 90999.

• To send a check, print out a donation form from www.redcross.org/donate/donation and send to: American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.

• To donate by phone or to ask for assistance with a donation, call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).

• For more information, go to redcross.org.

Jim Mackinnon can be reached at 330-996-3544 or jmackinnon@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow him @JimMackinnonABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/JimMackinnonABJ