American Red Cross providing food, shelter, cleanup supplies
Update as of 10 a.m., Sept. 21, 2008 – Cleanup supplies at more sites
The Red Cross continues to meet the needs of thousands of individuals and families in southeast Louisiana who are still struggling with the impact of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
People whose homes have been damaged can call the Red Cross at 1-866-GET-INFO (438-4636) and FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) for assistance and information updates. 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-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Red Cross is delivering hundreds of cleanup kits to central locations in hurricane impacted areas where residents are working to make their homes livable again. Kits include such things as a mop, broom, bucket, gloves and bleach. These supplies are free, made possible by donations to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.
Sunday, Sept. 21, supplies are available at:
- Knights of Columbus, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac
- St. Eloi Church, 1335 Bayou DuLarge, Theriot
- Sacred Heart Church, 1111 Highway 55, Montegut (afternoon)
- Knights of Columbus, 1546 Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes
- Pri’s Seafood, Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes
- St. Joseph Church, 5232 Highway 56, Chauvin
- Holy Rosary Church, 8594 Main St., Houma
- Lafitte Senior Center, Lafitte (evening)
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 Sunday, Sept. 21, Red Cross workers will have hot food at:
- Fire Department, 8017 Barataria Blvd. (Highway 45), Crown Point
- First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
- Knights of Columbus, 1546 Highway 665, Point-Aux-Chenes
- Montegut Recreation Center, 107 Recreation Drive (Highway 55), Montegut
- Ward 7 Citizens Club, 5006 Highway 56, Chauvin
Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads, delivering hot meals to people in heavily-impacted areas:
- Jefferson: Barataria and Crown Point areas
- St. Bernard: Poydras area
- Terrebonne: Along highways 55, 56, 665 and 1
The Red Cross continues to operate shelters for people whose homes are unlivable because of hurricanes Gustav or Ike. Since sheltering began shortly before Gustav made landfall, more than 6,000 people have had more than 16,500 overnight stays in Red Cross shelters in southeast Louisiana.
Today, shelters remain open at:
- 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
- Local media contact: Public Affairs Desk – (504) 915-9096
- Southeast Louisiana Chapter