Final Post

October 1, 2008


This is the final post for the Hurricane Gustav Online Newsroom. While this is the last post on this site, information regarding the ongoing relief efforts for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike will continue to be populated at www.redcross.org/hurricaneike.

We would like to thank the hard working Red Crossers in the field who made this disaster operation, as well as this website, successful. To all those in the affected areas, we wish you a swift and complete recovery.

National media contacts: Please contact (202) 303-5551 for additional public affairs information.

Local media contacts: Please contact your local chapter for additional public affairs information.

For Red Cross assistance or for any other inquiries, please contact 1-800-RED-CROSS.


Photos: Cabaret, Haiti September 2008

September 22, 2008

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 12th September 2008

Cabaret, Haiti. 13th September 2008

Cabaret, Haiti. 13th September 2008

Cabaret, Haiti. 13th September 2008


Video: Huracanes Del Golfo De Mexico

September 22, 2008

Press Release: National 9.12.08

September 14, 2008

AMERICAN RED CROSS SENDS RELIEF TO CUBA

Nearly 400,000 people still in shelters

[WASHINGTON, DC, Friday, September 12, 2008] -The American Red Cross is committing $1 million from its International Response Fund to support the disaster relief efforts of the Red Cross in Cuba in response to the devastation caused by two consecutive hurricanes. Nearly 400,000 people remain in shelters and the agricultural sector is severely damaged.

“The situation in the Caribbean, particularly in Cuba and Haiti, is desperate and our hearts go out to the people impacted by the recent calamities,” said David Meltzer, senior vice president of international services at the American Red Cross.

When Hurricane Gustav hit the island of Cuba on August 31 as a category 4 storm, it was considered the worst storm to hit the island in 50 years. Just as recovery efforts for the first hurricane were underway, Hurricane Ike hit eastern Cuba as a category 3 hurricane and slowly moved west over two long days, affecting 100 percent of the island and exacerbating the damage from Gustav.

“The infrastructure has been hit hard,” says Josè Reyes, disaster management delegate in Cuba for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies since. “In addition, about one-third of the population was evacuated during the storms and 30,000 houses were destroyed and 320,000 houses were affected.”

A cargo plan carrying emergency kits for 3,300 families already arrived in Cuba from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ regional disaster unit in Panama. More supplies will be transported as needed.

Currently the Cuban Red Cross is working in shelters, distributing food and delivering first aid. The American Red Cross contribution will support the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in their distribution of relief supplies, shelter kits and supplies, water filters and materials to repair damaged homes.


Photos: Relief in Haiti

September 11, 2008

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Relief in Haiti

Relief in Haiti Relief in Haiti


Audio: Situation on the Ground in Haiti 9.9.08

September 11, 2008
American Red Cross disaster worker, Matt Marek, Talks about the situation on the ground in Haiti
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Audio: Needs on the Ground in Haiti 9.9.08

September 11, 2008
American Red Cross disaster worker, Matt Marek, Talks about the needs on the ground in Haiti
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