Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.17.08

American Red Cross shelters, feeding in
Southeast Louisiana

Update as of 11 a.m., Sept. 17, 2008

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. More than 5,380 people spent the night in Red Cross shelters.

Today, shelters are open in:
1. Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
2. Terrebonne: Devon Keller Memorial Center (5575 Bayou Black Drive, Gibson, La.)
3. Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.)
4. 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:
1. Prescription and emergency medications
2. Foods and water
3. Identification and important personal documents
4. Change of clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
5. Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
6. 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. The Red Cross has served approximately 220,500 meals and 140,180 snacks to residents who have been impacted by the storms. Red Cross mobile routes and fixed feeding sites will be adjusted daily to meet local needs.

Fixed Feeding Locations:
1. Lafitte Town Hall, Laffitte
2. St. Patrick’s Church, 28698 Hwy. 23, Port Sulfur
3. Fire Station, 4176 Privateer, Barataria
4. Town Hall (Strip Mall), 506 Barrow St., Houma
5. Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th Street, Larose
6. Grand Isle Community Center, 3211 Louisiana Highway, Grand Isle
7. Grand Caillou Baptist Church, off Hwy 57, towards Town of Dulac
8. Knights of Columbus, Hwy 665, Point Aux Chenes
9. Montegut Recreation Center, 107 Recreation Dr., Montegut
10. First Baptist Church, Highway #1, Golden Meadow
11. Ward 7 Citizens Club, 5006 Hwy 56, Chauvin

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.

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