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

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.


Postcard from the Field: Tyler Peters and Rick Kolb

September 30, 2008

Tyler Peters and Rick Kolb

Little Tyler Peters gives a big hug to American Red Cross volunteer Rick Kolb. The Peters’ family home was damaged by both Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Rick lives in Bridgeport, OH and has been with the Red Cross for three years. He has also been a volunteer fireman, EMT and paramedic for the past 32 years.

Postcard From the Field: Brian Whitlow, Bay Area Chapter Volunteer

September 25, 2008
Bert Kile (left) and Brian Whitlow (right), both volunteers with the American Red Cross, discuss area partners that are assisting in the Louisiana hurricane recovery efforts.

Bert Kile (left) and Brian Whitlow (right), discuss the Louisiana hurricane recovery efforts.

They say experience is often the best teacher. Brian Whitlow has been an American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Volunteer for two years. Through his employment with the San Francisco CARD (Community Agencies Responding to Disaster), Brian also works closely with the Red Cross delivering preparedness programs to area human services agencies. “In addition to being able to help the recent hurricane victims, I have gained valuable insight through this experience that will continue to benefit my local area with our preparedness efforts,” said Whitlow.