Photos: Gustav shelter 9.26.08

September 27, 2008

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Hurricane Gustav 9.26.2008

Hurricane Gustav 9.26.2008

Hurricane Gustav 9.26.2008

Hurricane Gustav 9.26.2008


Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.24.08

September 24, 2008

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).
SUPPLIES

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.

FEEDING

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.

SHELTERS

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

Additional Information:


Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.23.08

September 23, 2008

American Red Cross providing food, shelter, cleanup supplies

Update as of noon, Sept. 23, 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 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) 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).

SUPPLIES

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 brooms, shovels, rakes, gloves, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, buckets and trash cans. These supplies are free, made possible by donations to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, supplies are available at:

  • Knights of Columbus, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac
  • Sacred Heart Church, 1111 Highway 55, Montegut
  • Lafitte Senior Center, Lafitte

Red Cross relief workers will also be delivering supplies throughout the Grand Isle area, which was just reopened to residents on Monday.

FEEDING

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 Tuesday, Sept. 23, Red Cross workers will have hot food at:

  • First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
  • Knights of Columbus, 1546 Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes
  • Ward 7 Citizens Club, 5006 Highway 56, Chauvin

Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads, delivering hot meals to people in heavily-impacted areas of Terrebonne Parish.

SHELTERS

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:

  • Lafourche: Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.
  • Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center, Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.
  • Terrebonne: 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

Additional Information:


Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.21.08

September 21, 2008

American Red Cross providing food, shelter, cleanup supplies

Update as of 10 a.m., Sept. 21, 2008 – Cleanup supplies at more sites

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 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) 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 http://www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SUPPLIES

The Red Cross is delivering hundreds of cleanup kits to central locations in hurricane impacted areas where residents are working to make their homes livable again. Kits include such things as a mop, broom, bucket, gloves and bleach. These supplies are free, made possible by donations to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

Sunday, Sept. 21, supplies are available at:

  • Knights of Columbus, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac
  • St. Eloi Church, 1335 Bayou DuLarge, Theriot
  • Sacred Heart Church, 1111 Highway 55, Montegut (afternoon)
  • Knights of Columbus, 1546 Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes
  • Pri’s Seafood, Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes
  • St. Joseph Church, 5232 Highway 56, Chauvin
  • Holy Rosary Church, 8594 Main St., Houma
  • Lafitte Senior Center, Lafitte (evening)

FEEDING

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 Sunday, Sept. 21, Red Cross workers will have hot food at:

  • Fire Department, 8017 Barataria Blvd. (Highway 45), Crown Point
  • First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
  • Knights of Columbus, 1546 Highway 665, Point-Aux-Chenes
  • Montegut Recreation Center, 107 Recreation Drive (Highway 55), Montegut
  • Ward 7 Citizens Club, 5006 Highway 56, Chauvin

Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads, delivering hot meals to people in heavily-impacted areas:

  • Jefferson: Barataria and Crown Point areas
  • St. Bernard: Poydras area
  • Terrebonne: Along highways 55, 56, 665 and 1

SHELTERS

The Red Cross continues to operate shelters for people whose homes are unlivable because of hurricanes Gustav or Ike. Since sheltering began shortly before Gustav made landfall, more than 6,000 people have had more than 16,500 overnight stays in Red Cross shelters in southeast Louisiana.

Today, shelters remain open at:

  • Lafourche: Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.
  • Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center, Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.
  • Terrebonne: 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

Additional Information:


Press Release: American Red Cross Helping in Jefferson Parish

September 20, 2008


Update as of 4 p.m., Sept. 20, 2008 – Cleanup supplies also in Lafitte

[EDITOR’S NOTE: To arrange an interview with Kay Wilkins, chief executive officer of the Southeast Louisiana chapter of the Red Cross, call Michelle Hebert at 504-915-9096.]

Saturday, Sept. 20, the American Red Cross is providing hurricane cleanup supplies for residents who need them in Jefferson Parish. Supplies such as a mop, broom, bucket, gloves and bleach for disinfecting contaminated surfaces are available at the Lafitte Senior Center in Lafitte. These supplies are free, made possible by donations to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

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 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) 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 http://www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SUPPLIES

Saturday, Sept. 20, cleanup supplies are also available at:

* Knights of Columbus, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac
* St. Eloi Church, 1335 Bayou DuLarge, Theriot
* Sacred Heart Church, 1111 Highway 55, Montegut
* St. Joseph Church, 5232 Highway 56, Chauvin
* Holy Rosary Church, 8594 Main St., Houma


Photos: Port Allen, LA 9.12.08

September 20, 2008

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Photos: Baton Rouge, LA 9.9.08

September 20, 2008

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Photos: Baton Rouge, LA 9.9.08

September 20, 2008

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Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.19.08

September 19, 2008

American Red Cross shelters, feeding in southeast Louisiana

Update as of 10 a.m., Sept. 19, 2008 - Fixed and mobile feeding locations

SHELTERS

As residents put their lives and homes back together after Hurricane Gustav and the effects of Hurricane Ike, the American Red Cross is transitioning shelters daily, based on needs, as electricity continues to be restored. To date, more than 6,000 people have spent a night in Red Cross shelters across southeast Louisiana.

Today, shelters remain open in:

  • Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.)
  • Terrebonne: 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

FEEDING

As electricity is nearly restored throughout the New Orleans metro area, Red Cross emergency feeding efforts are focused on bayou areas where residents need food due to flooding and/or power outages. The Red Cross has served approximately 220,500 meals and 140,180 snacks to residents who have been impacted by the storms. Red Cross mobile routes and fixed feeding sites will be adjusted daily to meet local needs.

On Friday, Sept. 19, the Red Cross will have hot food and snacks at:

  • Lafitte Town Hall, Lafitte
  • Lafitte Senior Center, Lafitte
  • St. Patrick’s Church, 28698 Highway 23, Port Sulfur (snacks only)
  • Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Larose
  • Grand Caillou Baptist Church, off Highway 57, toward Dulac
  • Knights of Columbus, Highway 665, Point Aux Chenes
  • Montegut Recreation Center, 107 Recreation Drive, Montegut
  • First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
  • Ward 7 Citizens Club, 5006 Highway 56, Chauvin

Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads in three parishes, delivering food to people in heavily-impacted areas:

  • Jefferson: Highway 45 toward Lafitte
  • St. Bernard: Highway 46
  • Terrebonne: Highways 55, 56, 57, 315 and 1.

Additional Information:


Release: Baton Rouge, LA 9.17.08

September 17, 2008

American Red Cross Urges Residents to use Caution After Hurricane Landfall

Dangers Exist Even After Storm Passes

[BATON ROUGE], LA, September 17, 2008 - There are still as many as 13 Red Cross shelters open throughout Louisiana for a safe place to stay and access to food. For more information on sheltering, call 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636).

After a hurricane, when local authorities determine it is safe to return to areas impacted by the hurricanes, the American Red Cross urges residents to use caution. Carbon monoxide poisoning, injuries from debris and downed power lines, food and water safety, and emotional support should all be top concerns for you and your loved ones.

In the aftermath of a hurricane:
• Stay tuned to local radio or television for recovery information.
• Listen to the advice of local authorities.
• Help injured or trapped persons. Check the scene for safety and call for help. Give appropriate first aid if you are trained. Don’t move the seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of further injury or you have to move them to provide care.
• Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
• Use telephone only for emergency calls. Keep phone lines open.

Return home only after authorities advise that it is safe to do so and:
• Wear protective shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirts and gloves to protect you from sharp edges and other hazards.
• Avoid loose or dangling power lines, reporting them immediately to the power company, police or fire department.
• Before entering, check the outside of your home for damage such as cracks in the foundation or broken utilities that make it too dangerous to enter.
• Enter your home with caution. Look for sagging in the ceiling that may indicate water trapped there. Check for loose flooring.
• Smell for gas. If you detect a natural gas or propane odor or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and contact the fire department or utility company.
• Avoid using sinks, showers and toilets if you suspect sewage lines are damaged.
• Beware of snakes, insects or animals driven to higher ground by floodwater.
• Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
• Throw out all food, beverages and medicine exposed to floodwaters and mud, including canned goods, capped bottles and sealed containers. When in doubt, throw it out.
• Take pictures of the damage to the house and its contents for insurance claims.

Power outage safety tips
• Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
• Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
• Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
• Do not run a generator inside a home or garage.
• If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a generator to a home’s electrical system.
• Listen to local radio and television for updated information.
• People can download a generator fact sheet in both English and Spanish here: http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/0,1082,0_565_,00.html

If concerned about missing family/friends:
• Contact your out-of-area emergency contact to check if family member has made contact with them
• Check the Safe and Well Web site, accessible via http://www.redcross.org. This public site enables people within a disaster area to select and post standard messages for friends and family that indicate they are at a shelter, home or hotel, and will make contact when they are able.

The Red Cross encourages everyone to get “Red Cross Ready” for a variety of disasters, such as hurricanes, by taking three basic preparedness actions: 1) Get a kit, 2) Make a plan and 3) Be informed. For more information, visit http://www.redcross.org or contact your local chapter of the American Red Cross.


Additional Information:

  • Media Contact: Local Red Cross Public Affairs Desk – (571) 918-5223

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