American Red Cross delivering food to areas still without power

Update as of 1 p.m., Sept. 13, 2008 – Three distribution sites

[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.]

ST. ROSE, LA., Sept. 13, 2008 – Hundreds of homes in Jefferson Parish are still without electric service in the wake of Hurricane Gustav. The American Red Cross is using information from Entergy Louisiana to identify where to deliver self-heating meals, to provide food for residents there.

Meanwhile, Red Cross disaster workers are opening a shelter at the Devon Keller Memorial Center in Gibson, La., to accommodate residents of flooded bayou islands who are being rescued by the Louisiana Air National Guard. “We don’t know how many people to expect until they arrive, but we have trained volunteers there, getting ready for them,” said June Ejk, a volunteer from Scranton, Pa., who came to lead Red Cross disaster sheltering operations in southeastern Louisiana.

The distinctive red and white box trucks that signal Red Cross humanitarian relief will be in impacted areas of Harvey, Gretna and Marrero this afternoon with shelf-stable meals, bottled water and snacks.

* Harvey – At Lapalco Boulevard and Destrehan Avenue, and through the Woodmere neighborhood
* Gretna – At the park on Manhattan Boulevard
* Marrero – Circulating through the Barataria/Crestwood neighborhood

The Red Cross is also resuming food distribution at the Sanchez Center at Caffin and Claiborne avenues in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. Additional feeding locations and routes will be activated as pockets of need are identified.

Red Cross workers continue to provide food at shelters for evacuees from Hurricane Gustav and from the effects of Hurricane Ike. For a complete list of shelter locations, please call 2-1-1 or 1-866-GET-INFO.

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-RED CROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting http://www.redcross.org.

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