Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.12.08

American Red Cross shelters and feeding locations in Southeast Louisiana

Update as of 5 p.m., Sept. 12, 2008 – Additional shelter in St. Tammany Parish

[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.]

SHELTERS

As residents put their lives and homes back together after Hurricane Gustav and the effects of Hurricane Ike, the American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter is transitioning shelters daily, based on needs, as electricity continues to be restored. Additional shelters are opened if needed.

  • Assumption: St. Philomena (120 Convent St., Labadieville, La.)
  • Jefferson: Hope Haven (1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, La.)
  • Jefferson: Pard Playground (5185 Arpent Road, Marrero, La.)
  • Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
  • Orleans: Behrman Park (2529 General Meyer, New Orleans, La.)
  • Plaquemines: Belle Chasse Auditorium (8398 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, La.)
  • St. Charles: Landry High School (108 Tiger Circle, Hahnville, La.)
  • St. Tammany: Coquille Sports Center (13505 Hwy. 1085, Covington, La.)
  • St. Tammany: Grace Memorial Baptist Church (58516 Pearl Acres Road, Slidell, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Houma Junior High (315 St. Charles St., Houma, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Schriever gymnasium (102 Kelsi Drive, Schriever, La.)

The Red Cross is providing shelter supplies and meals for first responders helping with re-entry and clean-up. For a complete listing of shelters, please call 2-1-1 or 1-866-GET-INFO.

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
  • Extra 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

FEEDING

In response to the local effects of Hurricane Ike, the American Red Cross has temporarily suspended mobile feeding routes and field kitchen operations for safety reasons until weather conditions improve.

Self-heating meals, snacks and bottled water are being delivered to Red Cross shelters as soon as possible to ensure that residents there and staff can be accommodated in those locations until normal feeding operations resume, which is expected later this weekend.

Distribution locations and mobile feeding routes change as power is restored in some areas and new pockets of need are identified in others. We will continue to provide regular updates with general areas where feeding will occur so people who need it can access this service.


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