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.


Photos: Baton Rouge, LA 9.9.08

September 20, 2008

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Video: Press Conference at the Disaster Administrative HQ in Baton Rouge 9.9.08

September 10, 2008

Supriya Jindal, First Lady of Louisiana, presented a $27,000 check to the Red Cross on behalf of the First Lady of Guam. The donation will go to help victims of Louisiana after Hurricane Gustav. Mrs. Jindal held a press conference Tuesday at the Red Cross Disaster Administrative Headquarters in Baton Rouge, LA and then proceeded to a Southern Baptist kitchen site where she was able to meet many volunteers from Kansas, Illinois and Nebraska.

Release: American Red Cross Receives $1 Million Donation from ExxonMobil Corporation

September 8, 2008

American Red Cross Receives $1 Million Donation From ExxonMobil Coporation

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – ExxonMobil Corporation donated a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross this afternoon at the East Baton Rouge Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Local plant managers joined together to make this special presentation to Vic Howell, local CEO of the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. The donation will help build the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to assist disaster victims.

“Baton Rouge and ExxonMobil have been partners in progress for nearly 100 years,” said George Pietrogallo of ExxonMobil. “Wherever ExxonMobil operates in Louisiana and throughout the world, we strive to make a positive contribution to our local communities. This is one example of that commitment. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Gustav.” The Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund provides food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to the victims of this disaster and thousands of other disasters across the country each year.

ExxonMobil employs more than 4,500 employees and contractors in the Baton Rouge area, where it has operated a refinery for nearly 100 years. Also in Baton Rouge, ExxonMobil operates a chemical plant, polyolefins plant, plastics plant, lubricants plant, pipelines and the Anchorage Chemical Terminal. Elsewhere in Louisiana, ExxonMobil operates the Chalmette refinery in St. Bernard Parish southeast of New Orleans, where it employs about 600 people. The company also has oil and gas production operations offshore Gulf of Mexico and in a number of onshore locations throughout Louisiana, most notably in Grand Isle.

About Exxon Mobil Corporation
Exxon Mobil Corporation and ExxonMobil Foundation, the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States, engage in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and public policy in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2007, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation, its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $207 million in contributions worldwide. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at

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