Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.14.08

September 14, 2008

American Red Cross shelters and feeding locations in Southeast Louisiana

Update as of 9 a.m., Sept. 14, 2008

[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. Saturday, more than 750 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.)
  • Plaquemines: Belle Chasse Auditorium (8398 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, La.)
  • St. Charles: Landry High School (108 Tiger Circle, Hahnville, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Evergreen Junior High (5000 W. Main St., 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

FEEDING

With the high winds of Hurricane Ike past, four Red Cross field kitchens have resumed operations, preparing meals for Red Cross shelters and for delivery to areas affected by flooding and continued power outages.

On Sept. 14, Red Cross emergency response vehicles loaded with hot food, water and snacks will be headed to:

  • Jefferson: Barataria and Lafitte/LaRose toward Crown Point
  • St. Bernard: Bayou and St. Bernard Parkway in Poydras
  • Terrebonne: Town Hall Mall, 506 Barrow, Houma, La.
  • Terrebonne: High water barricades on highways 315, 57, 56, 24 and 665.

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