Final Post

October 1, 2008


This is the final post for the Hurricane Gustav Online Newsroom. While this is the last post on this site, information regarding the ongoing relief efforts for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike will continue to be populated at www.redcross.org/hurricaneike.

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.

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Release: National 10.1.08

October 1, 2008

As Gulf Coast Marks Hurricane Anniversary, Red Cross Keeps Relief Operation Going

Campaign for Disaster Relief being fueled by gifts from thousands of generous donors

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, October 1, 2008 – A mere month has passed since Hurricane Gustav made landfall in the United States. For Louisiana and Texas residents, the cleanup has started, but time hasn’t lessened the need for food, shelter and emotional support.

Although Ike’s aftermath has largely been overshadowed by economic and political news, and many have written off Gustav as a “near miss,” both of these storms were a direct hit for the people of the Gulf Coast. The Red Cross has been there every step of the way, providing a staggering number of services to people whose homes were damaged or destroyed; to thousands who stayed in shelters; and to countless numbers that received hot meals when they were left without power.

Shelters remain open in Louisiana and Texas in what will be a lengthy relief operation on the Gulf Coast. To date:

  • More than 12 million meals and snacks have been served to those in need.
  • There have been more than 384,000 overnight stays in 916 shelters across 17 states.
  • Nearly 20,000 Red Cross workers have been on the ground to prepare for landfall and help in the aftermath.
  • The Red Cross has distributed more than 100,000 comfort kits, which contain soap, toothpaste and other toiletries.
  • The Red Cross has given out more than 100,000 clean-up kits, which include essentials such as disinfectant, mops and buckets.
  • More than 80,000 people affected by Gustav and Ike have also turned to the Red Cross for mental and physical health services.

In order to offset this year’s record number of disasters-including widespread tornadoes, flooding in the Midwest, an early wildfire season and, most recently, Dolly, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike-the Red Cross has launched the Campaign for Disaster Relief. To date, generous Americans have supported the campaign with more than $30 million donated or pledged toward the ultimate goal of $100 million.


Fast Facts: Hurricanes Ike and Gustav 9.29.08

September 30, 2008

Unless otherwise stated, the numbers reflect only the last 24 hours.

In Texas:

In Louisiana:

Totals for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike to date:


Photos: Disaster Assessment in Cameron, LA

September 30, 2008

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A hug goes a long way in Cameron, LA

Disaster Assessment in Cameron, LA

Disaster Assessment in Cameron, LA


Photos: Serving Meals in Hackberry, LA

September 30, 2008

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Serving Meals in Hackberry, LA

Emergency Response Vehicle in Hackberry, LA


Postcard from the Field: Tyler Peters and Rick Kolb

September 30, 2008

Tyler Peters and Rick Kolb

Little Tyler Peters gives a big hug to American Red Cross volunteer Rick Kolb. The Peters’ family home was damaged by both Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Rick lives in Bridgeport, OH and has been with the Red Cross for three years. He has also been a volunteer fireman, EMT and paramedic for the past 32 years.


Fast Facts: Hurricanes Ike and Gustav 9.29.08

September 29, 2008

Unless otherwise stated, the numbers reflect only the last 24 hours.

In Texas:

In Louisiana:

Totals for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike to date:


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