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.


Release: National 10.1.08

October 1, 2008

As Gulf Coast Marks Hurricane Anniversary, Red Cross Keeps Relief Operation Going

Campaign for Disaster Relief being fueled by gifts from thousands of generous donors

WASHINGTON, Wednesday, October 1, 2008 – A mere month has passed since Hurricane Gustav made landfall in the United States. For Louisiana and Texas residents, the cleanup has started, but time hasn’t lessened the need for food, shelter and emotional support.

Although Ike’s aftermath has largely been overshadowed by economic and political news, and many have written off Gustav as a “near miss,” both of these storms were a direct hit for the people of the Gulf Coast. The Red Cross has been there every step of the way, providing a staggering number of services to people whose homes were damaged or destroyed; to thousands who stayed in shelters; and to countless numbers that received hot meals when they were left without power.

Shelters remain open in Louisiana and Texas in what will be a lengthy relief operation on the Gulf Coast. To date:

  • More than 12 million meals and snacks have been served to those in need.
  • There have been more than 384,000 overnight stays in 916 shelters across 17 states.
  • Nearly 20,000 Red Cross workers have been on the ground to prepare for landfall and help in the aftermath.
  • The Red Cross has distributed more than 100,000 comfort kits, which contain soap, toothpaste and other toiletries.
  • The Red Cross has given out more than 100,000 clean-up kits, which include essentials such as disinfectant, mops and buckets.
  • More than 80,000 people affected by Gustav and Ike have also turned to the Red Cross for mental and physical health services.

In order to offset this year’s record number of disasters-including widespread tornadoes, flooding in the Midwest, an early wildfire season and, most recently, Dolly, Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike-the Red Cross has launched the Campaign for Disaster Relief. To date, generous Americans have supported the campaign with more than $30 million donated or pledged toward the ultimate goal of $100 million.


Release: National 9.26.08

September 26, 2008

Massive Relief Effort Continues Two Weeks after Ike Landfall

WASHINGTON, Friday, September 26, 2008 – Even as the country gets a respite from what has been a very active hurricane season, the American Red Cross is now in the middle of a large and lengthy relief operation on the Gulf Coast. As much as $70 million could be spent on the relief operation for Hurricane Gustav alone, and costs for Ike could easily surpass that amount.

Storms that dissipated months or just weeks ago, most notably Gustav and Ike, have left lasting effects. Although Gustav did not hit New Orleans directly, as was originally feared, it remained a strong storm that did not spare the region. Ike caused even further upheaval in Texas. The focus of the Red Cross is now on providing food, shelter and counseling, and distributing needed items to those affected.

The relief operations for Gustav and Ike have been-and continue to be-a huge undertaking. The Red Cross is providing numerous critical services for those affected by the hurricanes:

  • More than eight million meals and snacks have been served to those in need.
  • There have been more than 370,000 overnight stays in 916 shelters.
  • More than 19,000 Red Cross workers have been on the ground to prepare for landfall and then help in the aftermath.
  • The Red Cross has distributed nearly 100,000 comfort kits, which contain soap, toothpaste and other toiletries.
  • The Red Cross has given out more than 90,000 clean-up kits, which include essentials such as disinfectant, mops and buckets.
  • More than 75,000 people affected by Gustav and Ike have also turned to the Red Cross for mental and physical health services.

In a record year for disasters, the Red Cross continues to provide services to victims even as its Disaster Relief Fund remains largely depleted.


Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.25.08

September 25, 2008

American Red Cross providing food, shelter, cleanup supplies

Update as of 10 a.m. Sept. 25, 2008 – Cleaning supplies now at Grand Isle

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 www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SUPPLIES

The Red Cross is delivering a variety of cleanup supplies to hurricane impacted areas where residents are working to make their homes livable again. Quantities of supplies vary by location, but may include such things as clean-up kits, buckets, mops, shovels, rakes, gloves, tarps, hand sanitizer, comfort kits, paper towels and trash bags. These supplies are free, made possible by donations to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

Thursday, Sept. 25, supplies are available at:

  • First Baptist Church, Cedar Road, Grand Isle, La.
  • St. Eloi Catholic Church, 1335 Bayou Dularge, Theriot, La.
  • Knights of Columbus, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac, La.
  • Sacred Heart Church, 1111 Highway 55, Montegut, La.

FEEDING

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 Thursday, Sept. 25, Red Cross workers will have hot food at:

  • First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
  • Vision Christian Center, 4467 Highway 24, Bourg
  • Live Oak Baptist Church, Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes
  • Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads, delivering hot meals to people in Terrebonne parish.

SHELTERS

The Red Cross continues to operate shelters for people whose homes are unlivable because of hurricanes Gustav or Ike. Since before Hurricane Gustav struck, Red Cross shelters have provided more than 17,300 overnight stays for disaster evacuees in southeast Louisiana.

Today, shelters remain open at:

  • Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.
  • Dumas Recreation Center, Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.
  • 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

Additional Information:


Release: National 9.25.08

September 25, 2008

American Red Cross Receives $1 million from Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC

Donation Will Support 2008 Hurricane Relief Efforts

WASHINGTON, Thursday, September 25, 2008 – Shell and Motiva announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross to support the organization’s large and lengthy hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Louisiana. The Red Cross is continuing to provide lifesaving assistance to tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents affected by the recent hurricanes, Gustav and Ike.

“The Red Cross relies on the generous support of companies like Shell and Motiva, to meet the needs of those affected by this year’s storms,” said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. “This has been an active year of disasters, which has depleted the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. We are grateful for this gift, which will help provide disaster relief to residents throughout Texas and Louisiana.”

“Shell and Motiva are committed to supporting the communities where our employees live and work and we understand firsthand the urgent need for assistance in this region.” said Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company.

Red Cross disaster workers from every state have helped the millions of people affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. As of September 22, nine days after Ike’s landfall, more than 800,000 homes and buildings are still without power. The Red Cross is continuing to provide shelter, food and counseling to residents throughout the Gulf Coast. Red Cross mobile feeding vehicles are distributing meals throughout affected areas that are deemed safe.

Red Cross case workers stand ready to work with individuals and families to provide additional assistance based on the damage sustained to their homes, and are providing emotional care and comfort to help residents and emergency workers manage the stress and fear that accompanies all disasters. The organization will continue to mobilize volunteers and supplies, such as clean-up kits, to areas as needed.

People can join Shell and Motiva in supporting the Red Cross by donating to the Disaster Relief Fund. This fund enables the Red Cross to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008. Log-on to www.redcross.org or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.



About Shell Oil Company:

Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 109,000 people and operating in more than 130 countries and territories

About Motiva Enterprises LLC:
Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva Enterprises LLC is a refining and marketing joint venture owned by affiliates of Shell and Saudi Aramco. Motiva’s marketing operations support a network of more than 8,000 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the eastern and southern United States. Company assets include three refineries located in Norco, Louisiana; Convent, Louisiana; and Port Arthur, Texas, currently capable of refining approximately 740,000 barrels per day, and ownership or partial interests in 41 product terminals. More information is available at www.motivaenterprises.com.


Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.24.08

September 24, 2008

American Red Cross providing food, shelter, cleanup supplies

Update as of 11 a.m., Sept. 24, 2008

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 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
SUPPLIES

The Red Cross is delivering a variety of cleanup supplies to hurricane impacted areas where residents are working to make their homes livable again. Quantities of supplies vary by location, but may include such things as clean-up kits, buckets, shovels, rakes, gloves, tarps, hand sanitizer, comfort kits, paper towels and trash bags. These supplies are free, made possible by donations to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, supplies are available at:

  • Arcadia General Store in Leeville, La.
  • Knights of Columbus, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac, La.
  • Sacred Heart Church, 1111 Highway 55, Montegut, La.

FEEDING

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 Wednesday, Sept. 24, Red Cross workers will have hot food at:

  • First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
  • Vision Christian Center, 4467 Highway 24, Bourg
  • Live Oak Baptist Church, Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes

Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads, delivering hot meals to people in St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes.

SHELTERS

The Red Cross continues to operate shelters for people whose homes are unlivable because of hurricanes Gustav or Ike. Since before Hurricane Gustav struck, Red Cross shelters have provided more than 16,700 overnight stays for disaster evacuees in southeast Louisiana.

Today, shelters remain open at:

  • Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.
  • Dumas Recreation Center, Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.
  • 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

Additional Information:


Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.23.08

September 23, 2008

American Red Cross providing food, shelter, cleanup supplies

Update as of noon, Sept. 23, 2008

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 www.redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

SUPPLIES

The Red Cross is delivering a variety of cleanup supplies to hurricane impacted areas where residents are working to make their homes livable again. Quantities of supplies vary by location, but may include such things as brooms, shovels, rakes, gloves, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, buckets and trash cans. These supplies are free, made possible by donations to the Red Cross disaster relief fund.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, supplies are available at:

  • Knights of Columbus, 5396 Shrimpers Row, Dulac
  • Sacred Heart Church, 1111 Highway 55, Montegut
  • Lafitte Senior Center, Lafitte

Red Cross relief workers will also be delivering supplies throughout the Grand Isle area, which was just reopened to residents on Monday.

FEEDING

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 Tuesday, Sept. 23, Red Cross workers will have hot food at:

  • First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
  • Knights of Columbus, 1546 Highway 665, Pointe-Aux-Chenes
  • 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 of Terrebonne Parish.

SHELTERS

The Red Cross continues to operate shelters for people whose homes are unlivable because of hurricanes Gustav or Ike. Since before Hurricane Gustav struck, Red Cross shelters have provided more than 16,700 overnight stays for disaster evacuees 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

Additional Information: