Postcard from the Field: The Brown Family

September 29, 2008

For the Brown family of Houston, Texas, this is their third time staying in a Red Cross shelter. They evacuated after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and now Ike.

Cynthia Brown, her daughter Tamica, and Tamica’s four children are staying in a San Antonio shelter staffed by the Red Cross and other partner organizations.

The Browns were displaced from their Houston home for nine months during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The children attended seven schools during this period of time. Cynthia summed up their situation by saying, “Life is very precious. Things can always be replaced, but you only have that one life to live.”

Judy Sperling-Newton

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Fast Facts: 9.13.08

September 13, 2008

This is the latest information for the Red Cross Hurricane Ike relief operation. These numbers are current as of September 13 at 8 am:

  • More than 2,000 Red Cross disaster relief workers are already on the ground, and we are moving an additional 1,400 relief workers into the impacted areas
  • Last night more than 20,000 evacuees found safe haven in 155 Red Cross shelters, and we will be opening additional shelters as needed
  • Red Cross has more than one million ready to eat meals ready for distribution
  • More than 120 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are on the ground and will begin delivering food, water and bulk supplies; additional ERVs are en-route
  • After the storm passes, more than 25 kitchens will be moving into the impacted area and ramping up to serve up to 500,000 meals per day

Photos: Galveston, Texas 9.11.08

September 12, 2008

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