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American Red Cross providing food, shelter, cleanup supplies
Update as of 11 a.m., Sept. 24, 2008
The Red Cross continues to meet the needs of thousands of individuals and families in southeast Louisiana who are still struggling with the impact of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
People whose homes have been damaged can call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) for assistance and information updates. Residents are also encouraged to let their friends and family know where they are through the Red Cross Safe and Well website at www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Red Cross is delivering a variety of cleanup supplies to hurricane impacted areas where residents are working to make their homes livable again. Quantities of supplies vary by location, but may include such things as clean-up kits, buckets, shovels, rakes, gloves, tarps, hand sanitizer, comfort kits, paper towels and trash bags. These supplies are free, made possible by donations to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.
Wednesday, Sept. 24, supplies are available at:
- Arcadia General Store in Leeville, La.
- Knights of Columbus, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac, La.
- Sacred Heart Church, 1111 Highway 55, Montegut, La.
Red Cross emergency feeding efforts are focused on bayou areas where residents need food due to flooding and/or power outages. Red Cross mobile routes and fixed feeding sites will be adjusted daily to meet local needs.
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Red Cross workers will have hot food at:
- First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
- Vision Christian Center, 4467 Highway 24, Bourg
- Live Oak Baptist Church, Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes
Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads, delivering hot meals to people in St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes.
The Red Cross continues to operate shelters for people whose homes are unlivable because of hurricanes Gustav or Ike. Since before Hurricane Gustav struck, Red Cross shelters have provided more than 16,700 overnight stays for disaster evacuees in southeast Louisiana.
Today, shelters remain open at:
- Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.
- Dumas Recreation Center, Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.
- Schriever gymnasium, 102 Kelsi Drive, Schriever, La.
Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:
- Prescription and emergency medications
- Foods and water
- Identification and important personal documents
- Change of 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
- Local media contact: Public Affairs Desk – (504) 915-9096
- Southeast Louisiana Chapter
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 www.houstonredcross.org 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.
Additional Resources for this Press Release:
- Greater Houston Area Chapter
- Media Contact: Denise Bishop (713) 313 – 1639