Postcard from the Field: Saundra Romero, Volunteer

October 6, 2008

Saundra Romero, a Red Cross volunteer from the Oregon Pacific Chapter, appreciates how her co-workers pitch in and support her efforts. She wanted to help with this year’s hurricane response needs and only had one week of vacation at the time. Her co-workers at UMPQUA, a community development corporation, pitched in and through their generous donations, Saundra, received an extra 40 hours of vacation time.

“I think it’s wonderful that they stand behind me, especially since I’m their only tech person. This gives them an opportunity to support the Red Cross through me.”   Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the Red Cross disaster relief headquarters, Saundra provides computer and phone support for other workers.

Saundra’s extended community has supported her in the past too. In 2005, the community of Roseburg, Oregon, came together and raised five weeks pay to support Saundra while she volunteered to assist victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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Photo: First Lady Laura Bush visits the Auchan Shelter 10.3.08

October 6, 2008

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Release: Fort Worth, Texas 10.3.08

October 4, 2008

Red Cross Still Providing Food, Shelter, and Comfort

More than 2,500 Red Cross workers are still on the ground in Texas


FORT WORTH, TEXAS – October 3, 2008 –
The Hurricanes of 2008 have displaced thousands of people and destroyed homes across hundreds of miles in Texas. In addition to the hurricanes that swept through Texas, a record number of disasters beginning early in the year have kept the American Red Cross on the scene of tornadoes, floods, and wildfires.

The Red Cross continues to focus on providing the relief the American people depend on us to provide: a safe place to stay, access to food and water, health and mental health services, and the comfort that victims of disaster need.

FACTS AT A GLANCE FOR TEXAS – Since September 8

  • More than 168,000 overnight stays in 261 shelters
  • The Red Cross has served over six million meals and snacks to those who have been affected by Hurricane Ike
  • More than 5,000 Red Cross workers have provided assistance to the relief operation
  • More than 190 Emergency Response Vehicles continue to support feeding and distribution operations
  • 70,523 clean-up kits and 37,028 comfort kits have been distributed
  • The Red Cross has had more than 19,000 health services contacts and 15,000 mental health contacts

To ensure the Red Cross continues its help for disaster victims, we need your help. We are calling on everyone to support the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, which allows the Red Cross to provide help whenever and wherever disasters occur. The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to assist those in need anywhere in the nation, and ensures that relief comes quickly.


Media Contact for this Release:

  • Diana Van Horn – (202) 716-9397

Fast Facts: Hurricanes Ike and Gustav 10.3.08

October 3, 2008

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In Texas:

In Louisiana:

Totals for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike to date:


Photos: Ongoing Relief in Orange County, Texas

October 3, 2008

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Photos: Clara Barton Village, the Galveston Tent Shelter

October 2, 2008

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Clara Barton Village, Galveston Tent Shelter

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Fast Facts: Hurricanes Ike and Gustav 10.2.08

October 2, 2008

Unless otherwise stated, the numbers reflect only the last 24 hours.  These numbers may reflect updates to previously reported numbers.

In Texas:

In Louisiana:

Totals for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike to date: