Release: Red Cross Opens Shelters for Gustav, Crestview, Florida

Red Cross Opens Shelters for Gustav – Northwest Florida prepared to feed, shelter, and provide emotional support to those affected

[CRESTVIEW, FL, Sunday, August 31, 2008] – With Hurricane Gustav in 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 has opened shelters in the following locations:

  • OKALOOSA COUNTY – Effective at 4 p.m. today – Shalimar Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar, FL
  • WALTON COUNTY – Effective at 4:30 p.m. today – First Baptist Church, 216 E. Live Oak Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, FL

There are no evacuation orders issued for northwest Florida, however, for individuals who, for their own peace 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.

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 or 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.


Local Resource

Diane Hawkins, 850-418-0453

Northwest Florida Chapter Website

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