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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:


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.

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Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.12.08

September 14, 2008

American Red Cross shelters and feeding locations in Southeast Louisiana

Update as of 5 p.m., Sept. 12, 2008 – Additional shelter in St. Tammany Parish

[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. Additional shelters are opened if needed.

  • Assumption: St. Philomena (120 Convent St., Labadieville, La.)
  • Jefferson: Hope Haven (1101 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, La.)
  • Jefferson: Pard Playground (5185 Arpent Road, Marrero, La.)
  • Lafourche: Larose Civic Center (307 E. 5th St., Cut Off, La.)
  • Orleans: Behrman Park (2529 General Meyer, New Orleans, La.)
  • Plaquemines: Belle Chasse Auditorium (8398 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, La.)
  • St. Charles: Landry High School (108 Tiger Circle, Hahnville, La.)
  • St. Tammany: Coquille Sports Center (13505 Hwy. 1085, Covington, La.)
  • St. Tammany: Grace Memorial Baptist Church (58516 Pearl Acres Road, Slidell, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Houma Junior High (315 St. Charles St., Houma, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Dumas Recreation Center (Tunnel Blvd. at Barataria Ave., Houma, La.)
  • Terrebonne: Schriever gymnasium (102 Kelsi Drive, Schriever, La.)

The Red Cross is providing shelter supplies and meals for first responders helping with re-entry and clean-up. For a complete listing of shelters, please call 2-1-1 or 1-866-GET-INFO.

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
  • Extra 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

In response to the local effects of Hurricane Ike, the American Red Cross has temporarily suspended mobile feeding routes and field kitchen operations for safety reasons until weather conditions improve.

Self-heating meals, snacks and bottled water are being delivered to Red Cross shelters as soon as possible to ensure that residents there and staff can be accommodated in those locations until normal feeding operations resume, which is expected later this weekend.

Distribution locations and mobile feeding routes change as power is restored in some areas and new pockets of need are identified in others. We will continue to provide regular updates with general areas where feeding will occur so people who need it can access this service.


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