Release: Red Cross Gearing Up for Gustav, Pensacola, Florida

Red Cross Gearing Up for Gustav

Red Cross is making preparations to feed, shelter and provide emotional support to those affected by the storm.

PENSACOLA, FL, Sunday, August 31, 2008 – – With Hurricane Gustav moving into the Gulf of Mexico and heading for the Gulf Coast, tropical storm force winds and rain are forecasted for Northwest Florida. The American Red Cross is opening the following shelters in the following locations

  • ESCAMBIA COUNTY – Effective at 4 p.m. today – East Brent Baptist Church, 4801 N. Davis Highway, Pensacola, FL
  • SANTA ROSA COUNTY – Effective at 3 p.m. today – Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street, Milton, FL

There are no evacuation orders issued at this time for Escambia County, however, for individuals who, for their own piece of mind, feel they need to be in a shelter, these shelters are open for the public.
This shelter is also available to host evacuees from other Gulf Coast states that are in the hurricane’s path. Shelter residents with special needs can register upon arrival at the shelter with health department staff.

When reporting to a shelter, people are encouraged to bring the following items: ID, sleeping bag or bedding, prescription drugs, special dietary items, flashlight, change of clothing, rain gear, infant needs, small toys/games for children, personal snacks and a good book. Due to health and safety regulations, pets, firearms and alcohol are not allowed in Red Cross shelters.

For more information on shelter openings, call -1-866-GET-INFO.

The people of the Gulf Coast will need Red Cross assistance in the coming days. A record tornado season, wide-scale flooding in the Midwest, and an early wildfire season have put a strain on the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Donors are encouraged to make a financial gift using one of the following methods.


Local Resource

Diane Hawkins,  (850) 432-7601

Northwest Florida Chapter Website

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