Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 10.2.08

Update on Red Cross Response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

NEW ORLEANS, October 2, 2008 – The American Red Cross continues to provide emergency aid to displaced residents of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Local businesses have returned to the areas and with no more power outages, residents are able to return home and begin their long term recovery plans. Two shelters remain open in Schriever and Houma with a population of 135 in the last 24 hours. The shelter at LaRose Civic Center will close today at noon.

Red Cross workers have provided over 8,500 meals & snacks to residents within in the past 24 hours, and over 1.6 million meals & snacks to residents to date. The last mobile feeding that residents will be served is dinner tonight but we will continue to serve meals to shelter residents. In addition, we have distributed more than 9,000 comfort kits (containing hygiene products), 5,000 clean-up kits to the most affected areas. We also have provided over 2,000 bulk items in the past 24 hours and more than 76,000 to date to the residents impacted by the storms.

“Thanks to persons in the community willing to help others in need, we were able to respond quickly. We applaud our volunteers for such a swift response,” says Kay Wilkins, CEO of the American Red Cross- Southeast Louisiana Chapter.

To volunteer, donate, or receive current information about these disasters, call 1-800-229-8191. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

For more information on how to Be Red Cross Ready, contact the local Red Cross at (504) 620-3105 or via the website at

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