Release: Houston, Texas 10.22.08

October 22, 2008


HOUSTON, TX, October 22, 2008 – As residents displaced by Hurricane Ike find alternative or more permanent housing, the shelter at the Lee High School Annex managed by the American Red Cross plans to close on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 5 p.m.

Suzy Davidson, director of the American Red Cross Hurricane Ike relief operation that includes the Baytown shelter, said: “Nothing has changed in our commitment to meeting personal and family needs. Post Hurricane Ike, we remain focused on helping displaced families plan their recovery.” Red Cross Advocacy and Referral workers have and continue to make resources available to disaster victims through the many agencies partnering with us. “We are grateful to our Red Cross volunteers and those from our partner agencies who have been instrumental in providing food, shelter, comfort and assistance,” Davidson said.

At the peak of the disaster, Baytown had shelters at Wooster Baptist Church with 137 residents and Memorial Baptist Church with 87 residents. Last week, Lee High School had 42 shelter residents. Earlier this month, the City of Baytown awarded the American Red Cross and the Southern Baptist Convention with keys to the City in appreciation for their assistance to residents displaced by Hurricane Ike.

Media Contact:

  • C.A. Burke (571) 918-5364

Photos: Rockettes Visit the Auchan Shelter in Houston 10.7.08

October 9, 2008

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Rockettes visit Auchan Shelter in Houston

Rockettes visit Auchan Shelter in Houston

Audio: What is it like to stay in a mega shelter? 9.30.08

September 30, 2008
Report by Maya Chawla in Houston, Texas:
maya‘s Mobile post sent by AmRedCross using Utterlireply-count Replies.  mp3

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

Release: Greater Houston Area Chapter 9.22.08

September 23, 2008

American Red Cross Opens Large Shelter in Houston to House Evacuees Returning by Bus

Houston, Texas, (September 22, 2008)-– A former Auchan superstore is a Houston Red Cross shelter for returning evacuees who were bussed to other Texas cities before Hurricane Ike hit. Many of these residents can’t return to their homes because their homes were severely damaged or destroyed in the storm.

Before Ike made landfall, evacuees from coastal areas were bussed to state Shelter Hubs in cities such as Austin and Dallas. This shelter is being used exclusively for residents moving out of the George R. Brown Convention Center Shelter and for these Houston area coastal residents being brought back here by bus. The shelter is located at 6059 South Loop East, Houston, TX 77087.

Residents needing shelter, who evacuated on their own, are strongly encouraged to choose from other Red Cross shelters located throughout the greater Houston area.

The Red Cross is identifying additional shelter locations because more evacuees will be bussed back into Houston in the next few days.

For current Shelter List information go to and 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In addition 6 Red Cross and Southern Baptist Kitchens in Southeast Texas have been providing between 20,000-50,000 meals twice-daily. These kitchens have been providing meals for Red Cross Shelters, Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV’s) distributing food to families in damaged neighborhood and providing drive-up meals from the Baytown kitchen location.

Also Red Cross damage assessment teams, going street to street, have determined more than 16,572 homes in Harris and Galveston counties, so far have been damaged, including 1,533 destroyed and 3,450 with major damage. Red Cross Teams continue to assess damage in 26 area counties including teams dispatched today from the Houston area to access damage in Chambers, Liberty and Polk counties.

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Audio: Congressman John Culberson Comments on Red Cross Blood Services

September 21, 2008

On Saturday, September 20,  the Southwest Blood Region supported a blood drive sponsored by Representative John Culberson (TX-7.)  The community responded to the critical need for blood in Houston and throughout Texas.  The American Red Cross in association with area blood banks is working to meet the life-saving needs of hospital patients.

To make an appointment to donate, please call (800) GIVE-LIFE or visit

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rcameronb‘s Mobile post sent by AmericanRedCross using Utterlireply-count Replies.  mp3

Release: Greater Houston Area Chapter 9.17.08

September 18, 2008


Update #8 – 09/17/08 – 3:00 pm

The following additional shelters are now open:

  • American Legion Hall, 1704 S. Main, Anahuac, Texas 77514, Bear Creek UMC (NEW)
  • 16000 Rippling Water Drive Houston, Texas 77084, Church on the Rock(NEW)
  • 1221 Hwy 59 S, Livingston, Texas 77351, Fellowship of Huntsville, Church (NEW)
  • 3895 Hwy 30 West, Huntsville, Texas 77340
  • First Assembly Church, 601 S. Market St. Brazoria, Texas 77422
  • First Baptist of Dayton, 202 East Houston, Dayton, Texas 77535
  • Frontier Baptist Church, 3133 N. Valderas, Angelton, Texas 77515
  • Grace Fellowship UMC, 2655 South Mason Rd, Katy, Texas 77450 (NEW)
  • Greater St. Matthew Church, 14919 S. Main,Houston, Texas 77035 (NEW)
  • Peace Lutheran Church, 6435 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, Texas 77505
  • Memorial Baptist, 611 Sterling, Baytown, Texas 77520 (NEW)
  • Winnie Stowell Community Center, 202 S. Park, Winnie, TX 77665
  • Wooster Baptist Church, 7007 Bayway Drive, Baytown, Texas 77250

For current Shelter List information go to and 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

People coming to Red Cross shelters should bring: Pillows and bedding; diapers and formula for your children; prescription medicines; toiletries; food to meet any special dietary needs they may have. These current shelters can not accommodate pets.

To help people reconnect after a disaster, we encourage evacuees to register with the Red Cross website Safe and Well, Evacuees’ friends and family can check the website and know they are safe.

American Red Cross, in coordination with the Southern Baptist Convention, have three mobile kitchens open in Baytown, League City and Houston that serve between 20,000 and 50000 meals twice-daily for distribution in the affected areas by Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs).

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