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: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.19.08

September 19, 2008

American Red Cross shelters, feeding in southeast Louisiana

Update as of 10 a.m., Sept. 19, 2008 – Fixed and mobile feeding locations

SHELTERS

As residents put their lives and homes back together after Hurricane Gustav and the effects of Hurricane Ike, the American Red Cross is transitioning shelters daily, based on needs, as electricity continues to be restored. To date, more than 6,000 people have spent a night in Red Cross shelters across southeast Louisiana.

Today, shelters remain open in:

  • 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

FEEDING

As electricity is nearly restored throughout the New Orleans metro area, Red Cross emergency feeding efforts are focused on bayou areas where residents need food due to flooding and/or power outages. The Red Cross has served approximately 220,500 meals and 140,180 snacks to residents who have been impacted by the storms. Red Cross mobile routes and fixed feeding sites will be adjusted daily to meet local needs.

On Friday, Sept. 19, the Red Cross will have hot food and snacks at:

  • Lafitte Town Hall, Lafitte
  • Lafitte Senior Center, Lafitte
  • St. Patrick’s Church, 28698 Highway 23, Port Sulfur (snacks only)
  • Larose Civic Center, 307 E. 5th St., Larose
  • Grand Caillou Baptist Church, off Highway 57, toward Dulac
  • Knights of Columbus, Highway 665, Point Aux Chenes
  • Montegut Recreation Center, 107 Recreation Drive, Montegut
  • First Baptist Church, Highway 1, Golden Meadow
  • Ward 7 Citizens Club, 5006 Highway 56, Chauvin

Red Cross trucks will also be on the roads in three parishes, delivering food to people in heavily-impacted areas:

  • Jefferson: Highway 45 toward Lafitte
  • St. Bernard: Highway 46
  • Terrebonne: Highways 55, 56, 57, 315 and 1.

Additional Information:


Shelter Location Information: New Google Map Available

September 17, 2008

Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.16.08

September 16, 2008

American Red Cross shelters in Southeast Louisiana

Update as of 11 a.m., Sept. 16, 2008

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.

Today, shelters are open in:

  • Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Devon Keller Memorial Center (5575 Bayou Black Drive, Gibson, 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

FEEDING

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

Today, Red Cross emergency response vehicles loaded with hot food, water and snacks will be headed to:

  • Jefferson: Barataria and Lafitte / LaRose toward Crown Point
  • Terrebonne: Town Hall Mall, 605 Barrow, Houma, La
  • Terrebonne: High water barricades on highways 315, 57, 56, 24, and 665

Additional Information:


Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.15.08

September 15, 2008

American Red Cross shelters in Southeast Louisiana

Update as of 5 p.m., Sept. 15, 2008

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.

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.)
  • Terrebonne: Devon Keller Memorial Center (5575 Bayou Black Drive, Gibson, 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

FEEDING

As electricity is nearly restored throughout the New Orleans metro area, 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.


Additional Information:


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.

Additional Resources:


Media Alert: American Red Cross Pearl River Shelters

September 4, 2008


As Residents Transition Home, Red Cross Does the Same

Update as of 4 p.m.:

SHELTERS:

All residents at the American Red Cross shelter in Creekside Junior High School (65434 Hwy 41, Pearl River, LA) have found other accommodations or space at shelters closer to their homes. The shelter has now closed. The following shelters are open for returning evacuees and people who cannot reside in their homes due to power outages, flooding or structural damage.

Shelters:

  • Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th Street, Cut Off, LA)
  • Thibodaux High School (1355 Tiger Drive, Thibodaux, LA)
  • At Capacity: Hope Haven (1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA)

More shelters are expected to be opened in the coming days. For a complete list of shelter locations, please call 1-866-GET-INFO.