Release: American Red Cross Opens Additional Shelters, Sets Up Kitchens 9.4.2008

American Red Cross Opens Additional Shelters, Sets Up Kitchens

Residents unable to return home are encouraged to visit a Red Cross shelter

Mobile feeding throughout impacted parishes to begin later this week

[Greater New Orleans Area] September 4, 2008 – The American Red Cross would like to provide the following disaster recovery information to our media partners and the public.

SHELTERS:

As residents return home to the Greater New Orleans Area and Bayou Region, the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter has transitioned many of its shelters on the Northshore and has opened additional shelters closer to the impacted area in LaFourche and Jefferson Parishes. One shelter remains open on the Northshore at the Creekside Junior High School.

  • Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th Street, Cut Off, LA)
  • Thibodaux High School (1355 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux, LA)
  • Hope Haven (1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA) (NOTE: THIS SHELTER IS NOW FULL)

More shelters are expected to be opened in the coming days. For a complete listing of shelters, please call 1-866-GET-INFO.
Residents, who cannot return home due to power outages, flooding or structural damage, should bring with them the following items:

  • Medical supplies, such as prescription medications and dentures
  • Toiletries
  • Clothing and bedding-a change of clothes and a sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
  • Games/comfort items for children
  • Disaster supplies-flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water
  • Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend’s or relative’s home)

Caregivers should accompany minors and those requiring specialized care.

FEEDING:

The American Red Cross has established kitchens in the Greater New Orleans Area and Bayou Region that will support mobile feeding trucks. These vehicles will deliver meals to drop-off points and food and clean-up supplies throughout neighborhoods as people clean up from storm. Other agencies are providing ice and water throughout the community.

At this time, the Red Cross is still mobilizing resources and coordinating with the requesting parishes. Feeding should begin in some areas later today and in others tomorrow. As specific locations and hours of operation are identified we will share them with the media and the public.


SAFETY TIPS:

Follow these suggestions to stay safe when you return:

  • Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Use telephone only for emergency calls. Keep phone lines open.
  • 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.


Update: The following shelter has reached capacity. Residents should be encouraged to visit other shelters in the area. For the nearest Red Cross shelter, please call 1-866-GET-INFO.

  • Hope Haven (1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA)
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