Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.19.08

American Red Cross shelters, feeding in southeast Louisiana

Update as of 10 a.m., Sept. 19, 2008 – Fixed and mobile feeding locations

SHELTERS

As residents put their lives and homes back together after Hurricane Gustav and the effects of Hurricane Ike, the American Red Cross is transitioning shelters daily, based on needs, as electricity continues to be restored. To date, more than 6,000 people have spent a night in Red Cross shelters across southeast Louisiana.

Today, shelters remain open in:

  • Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., 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

FEEDING

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.

On Friday, Sept. 19, the Red Cross will have hot food and snacks at:

  • Lafitte Town Hall, Lafitte
  • Lafitte Senior Center, Lafitte
  • St. Patrick’s Church, 28698 Highway 23, Port Sulfur (snacks only)
  • Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Larose
  • Grand Caillou Baptist Church, off Highway 57, toward Dulac
  • Knights of Columbus, Highway 665, Point Aux Chenes
  • Montegut Recreation Center, 107 Recreation Drive, Montegut
  • First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
  • Ward 7 Citizens Club, 5006 Highway 56, Chauvin

Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads in three parishes, delivering food to people in heavily-impacted areas:

  • Jefferson: Highway 45 toward Lafitte
  • St. Bernard: Highway 46
  • Terrebonne: Highways 55, 56, 57, 315 and 1.

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