American Red Cross shelters, feeding in Southeast Louisiana
Update as of 10 a.m., Sept. 15, 2008 – Shelter open in Gibson, La.
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. Sunday, more than 450 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters.
Today, shelters are open in:
- Assumption: St. Philomena (120 Convent St., Labadieville, La.)
- Jefferson: Pard Playground (5185 Arpent Road, Marrero, La.)
- Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
- Terrebonne: Devon Keller Memorial Center (5575 Bayou Black Drive, Gibson, La.)
- Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.)
- Terrebonne: Houma Junior High (315 St. Charles St., Houma, La.)
- Terrebonne: Schriever gymnasium (102 Kelsi Drive, Schriever, La.)
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
As electricity is nearly restored throughout the New Orleans metro area, Red Cross emergency feeding efforts are focused on bayou areas where residents need food due to flooding and/or power outages. Red Cross mobile routes and fixed feeding sites will be adjusted daily to meet local needs.
On Monday, Sept. 15, Red Cross emergency response vehicles loaded with hot food, water and snacks will be headed to:
- Jefferson: Barataria and Lafitte/LaRose toward Crown Point
- Plaquemines: St. Patrick’s Church, 28698 Hwy. 23, Port Sulfur
- Terrebonne: Town Hall Mall, 506 Barrow St., Houma, La.
- Terrebonne: High water barricades on highways 315, 57, 56, 24 and 665.
As more areas flooded by Hurricane Ike in southeast Louisiana are reopened to the public, the Red Cross will set up fixed feeding sites and mobile feeding routes to serve residents until normal conditions are restored.
- Media contact: Michelle Hebert – (504) 915-9096
- Southeast Louisiana Chapter