Release: Red Cross Opens Administrative HQ, Recommends Registering on Safe & Well Website

AMERICAN RED CROSS OPENS ADMINISTRATIVE HEADQUARTERS, RECOMMENDS REGISTERING ON SAFE & WELL WEBSITE

Emergency Response Vehicles, Volunteers and Assets Staging in Baton Rouge for Response to Gustav

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (August 28, 2008) – The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is working with their national headquarters and other local, state and federal partners to prepare for Tropical Storm Gustav. The Red Cross Disaster Relief Operation Administrative Headquarters opened today to process personnel, vehicles and other assets.

More than 30 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) will be coming through the Baton Rouge area and will be staged to respond after the storm makes landfall.

The American Red Cross opened its disaster operations administratvie headquarters in Baton Rouge today in preparations for Tropical Storm Gustav.  Jim Cleveland (back/tall) and Ray Van Slyke, both volunteers from Muskegon, Michigan, help to hang ID banners to prepare the headquarters building.

Jim Cleveland (back/tall) and Ray Van Slyke, both volunteers from Muskegon, Michigan, help to hang ID banners to prepare the headquarters building.

The American Red Cross provides the immediate emergency needs to those affected by disasters. The organization is preparing to provide food, water, shelter and emotional support to thousands of individuals.

We ask everyone to Be Red Cross Ready by making a plan, building a kit, and being informed. As you evacuate, if you have one call to make to before you leave home, call some one you love and tell them you are safe. Then, ask them to register you on Safe and Well.

If you are affected by the storm, register on the Red Cross Safe and Well Website accessible at www.redcross.org.

• The Safe and Well Website allows those directly affected by a disaster to let their loved ones know of their well-being.

• For those that do not have internet access, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register yourself and your family. Follow the prompts for disaster information.

• Concerned family members who know the person’s phone number (home, cell or work) or a complete home address can search for the messages posted by those who self-register.

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