Press Release: Red Cross Shelters are Safe Haven for Hurricane Victims

[BATON ROUGE], LA, September 13, 2008 — The American Red Cross continues to be on the scene in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav and in the wake of Hurricane Ike to provide shelter, meals, and emotional support to families forced from their homes.

Wayne Brennessel, director of American Red Cross relief operations in Baton Rouge said as many as 20 Red Cross shelters are open to those affected by this disaster who may need a meal, a shower, or a safe place to stay. Brennesel assures the community that shelters will remain open until all those who need housing can return to their homes or can arrange for other suitable accommodations.

Residents are also encouraged to let their friends and family know where they are through the Red Cross Safe and Well website at http://www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Red Cross disaster workers are serving meals to evacuees at each shelter, and nurses are on duty 24 hours a day to assist with health needs. Anyone evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescription and emergency medications
  • Foods and water
  • Identification and important personal documents
  • Change of clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

Volunteers from various community and faith-based organizations are working cooperatively with the Red Cross in operating the shelters. The shelters are located at:
1. Haas Auditorium (206 Pershing Hwy, Bunkie)
2. Baton Rouge Rec Center (4201 Gus Young Ave., Baton Rouge)
3. Erwinville Community Center (5110 Section Road, Port Allen)
4. Flannery Road Recreation Center (801 Flannery Road, Baton Rouge)
5. Kernan Avenue Recreation Center (333 Kernan Ave., Baton Rouge)
6. Miracle Place (2080 Main St., Baker)
7. Scott Civic Center (1200 Major Parkway, New Roads)
8. West Livingston School (320 Rodeo, Denham Springs)
9. Central La Fourche High School (4820 Hwy. 1, Raceland)
10. Napoleonville Middle School (4847 Highway 1, Napoleonville)

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11. Thibodaux High School
12. Assumption: St. Philomena (120 Convent St., Labadieville, La.)
13. Jefferson: Hope Haven (1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, La.)
14. Jefferson: Pard Playground (5185 Arpent Road, Marrero, La.)
15. Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
16. Orleans: Behrman Park (2529 General Meyer, New Orleans, La.)
17. Plaquemines: Belle Chasse Auditorium (8398 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, La.)
18. St. Charles: Landry High School (108 Tiger Circle, Hahnville, La.)
19. St. Tammany: Grace Memorial Baptist Church (58516 Pearl Acres Road, Slidell, La.)
20. Terrebonne: Houma Junior High (315 St. Charles St., Houma, La.)
21. Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.)
22. Terrebone: Evergreen Junior High (5000 W. Main St., Houma, La.)
23. Terrebonne: Schriever gymnasium (102 Kelsi Drive, Schriever, La.)

The Red Cross also has mobile feeding trucks and distribution points so that meals can be delivered throughout the affected areas. These mobile feeding locations change as power is restored to areas and as new pockets of need are identified.

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 this hurricane
and thousands of other disasters across the country each year 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 those in need. Call 1-800-HELP NOW 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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