Thank You

October 27, 2008

This is the final post for the Hurricane Ike Online Newsroom. While this is the last post, the recovery and relief efforts will continue. We would like to thank the hard working Red Crossers in the field who made this disaster operation, as well as this website, successful. To all those in the affected areas, we wish you a swift and complete recovery.

National media contacts: Please contact (202) 303-5551 for additional public affairs information.

Local media contacts: Please contact your local chapter for additional public affairs information.

For Red Cross assistance or for any other inquiries, please contact 1-800-RED-CROSS.


Preparedness Information: Mosquito Safety

September 16, 2008

The combination of hot weather and standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Illnesses from mosquito bites are a concern after the recent hurricanes. But there are ways to try to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellant on exposed skin when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Even a short time being outdoors can be long enough to get a mosquito bite.
  • When weather permits, wear long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
  • Be aware of peak mosquito hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many species of mosquitoes. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing during evening and early morning — or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

Preparedness Information: Power Outage Safety

September 16, 2008
  • Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!
  • Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
  • Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.
  • If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home’s electrical system.
  • Listen to local radio and television for updated information.

Also available: Downloadable generator fact sheet in both English and Spanish


Press Release: National 9.11.08

September 11, 2008

American Red Cross Urges, “Prepare for Ike”
As Hurricane Ike nears the Gulf Coast, evacuating Texans are urged to spare their families worry by registering on the Red Cross Safe and Well Web site.

Hurricane Ike is expected to make landfall late Friday evening or early Saturday morning, affecting areas of Texas and Louisiana. As the Red Cross continues moving relief supplies to Texas, its message to residents is urgent: listen to the directions of local officials; prepare to evacuate if told to do so; and register on the Red Cross Safe and Well Web site.

Before you evacuate your home, call someone you love and tell them you are safe. Then, ask them to register you on Safe and Well (disastersafe.redcross.org), the Web site that allows people directly affected by a disaster to let their loved ones know that they are okay. Safe and Well is also accessible through the American Red Cross public Web site, www.redcross.org. For those without internet access, you can register yourself and your family by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). Follow the prompts for disaster information.
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescription and emergency medications.
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirements.
  • Identification and important personal documents.
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items.
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys.
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled.

When evacuating, be sure to pack medications and other supplies that you or a member of your family cannot do without. The Red Cross provides as many of items as possible for shelter resident’s comfort, but everything you need might not be readily available in a short-term shelter.

As the Red Cross continues helping individuals and families battered by the 2008 storms and hurricanes, a national fundraising campaign has been launched to raise an initial $100 million to fill a Disaster Relief Fund depleted after an active year of disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to provide emergency assistance to help victims of disasters meet their immediate needs for food, shelter, counseling and other critical services.
You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. You can log-on to http://www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) to make a donation. You can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357). You can send multiple donations depending on your carrier. Contributions will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.


Handout: Create a Safe and Well Card to Prepare for Evacuations

September 7, 2008

By creating an emergency contact list, you can better prepare yourself and your family for emergencies and disasters. Keep this card close with you in case of an evacuation.


Handout: Flood Safety Checklist

September 7, 2008

Flood Safety Checklist

Flood Checklist
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This handout is also available in Vietnamese.



Preparedness Information: Building a Disaster Supply Kit

September 5, 2008

Assemble a disaster supplies kit:

  • First aid kit and medications.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you’ll need a professional to turn them back on).

Addtional Information: