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.


Media Alert: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.24.08

September 24, 2008

Ministerial alliance to feed residents at Red Cross shelters in Terrebonne Parish

HOUMA, La., Sept. 24, 2008 – In a display of humanitarian outreach, a ministerial alliance will join the American Red Cross in feeding efforts for those displaced by recent hurricanes in Terrebonne Parish.

WHAT: Pastors of 28 churches that make up the Louisiana 5th District Association will prepare and deliver lunches to Red Cross shelter residents.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008 Noon


  • Dumas Auditorium, Tunnel Boulevard, Houma, La.
  • Schriever Gymnasium Auditorium, Kelsi Drive, Schriever, La.

HOW: The ministers will prepare the meals at four churches on Thursday morning: St. Matthews Baptist on Highway 311, Residence Baptist on Isaac Street, Rock of Ages Baptist on Aycock Street, and Pilgrim Baptist on Highway 403.

WHY: Red Cross shelters continue to be home for about 160 people who cannot return home because of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in Terrebonne Parish.

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Fast Facts: Hurricanes Gustav and Ike 9.22.08

September 22, 2008

The following statistics indicate the statistics for Hurricane Ike in Texas and the combined figures of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav for Louisiana.

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Audio: Our Evacuated Families & Friends

September 19, 2008


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Release: Southeast Louisiana Chapter 9.10.08

September 16, 2008

American Red Cross, United Houma Nation share
hurricane relief duties in Louisiana bayou

Raceland, LA -“What a day: Red Cross and lights! It doesn’t get better than that!” Chief Brenda Dardar Robichaux of the United Houma Nation tribes was excited as her crew of 16 volunteers moved relief supplies into the tribe’s community center in Raceland, in the bayou area southwest of New Orleans.

While unloading the last cases of water from an American Red Cross truck, a forklift driver announced that power had been restored to the center, 10 days after Hurricane Gustav smashed through southeast Louisiana. The former general store is serving as the area’s relief center, a distribution point for supplies as well as information.

Tribal citizens were relieved and grateful when the Red Cross delivered water, meals-ready-to-eat (MREs), clean-up supplies and personal hygiene kits as people returned from evacuation. Entergy Louisiana, which provides electricity to the area, has predicted it could be October before power is completely restored there. Water supplies are still unsafe to drink.

“This has come just in time. Tomorrow, these supplies will be going into the community,” Chief Robichaux said. “It’s been hard for me to sleep at night thinking of all the people in need after Gustav. Now I can sleep better.”

The next morning, tribal and Tulane University volunteer teams made the first deliveries to community elders who had returned from Philadelphia, Miss., where they stayed with the Mississippi Choctaw Band of Indians.

One team drove a load of supplies farther south into the bayou area, to the Dulac Community Center, which would serve as a distribution center in that remote, rural area.

It’s a challenge to mount a relief operation in the southern extremities of the bayou region, where storm surges and heavy rains quickly flood low-lying land, roads are few and narrow, and what traffic there is slows to a crawl because without electricity to traffic signals, every intersection is a four-way stop.

The Red Cross cultivates relationships with organizations such as United Houma Nations, which know their populations and their needs. Working together to help people cope with disaster, the partners can respond more quickly and more completely than either could alone.

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Fast Facts: Hurricanes Gustav and Ike 9.16.08

September 16, 2008

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Almost 300 people stayed overnight in shelters in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Ohio where Ike’s powerful winds and flood waters forced people to leave their homes.

Release: National 9.16.08

September 16, 2008

CMO Council Rallies Corporate Support for American Red Cross Hurricane Relief

Red Cross Assists Thousands in Wake of Hurricane Ike

WASHINGTON, Tuesday, September 16, 2008 – The American Red Cross today announced a new alliance with the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council that leverages the combined reach, expertise and influence of corporate marketers worldwide to encourage donations to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The 3,500 CMO Council members manage some $100 billion in annual marketing expenditures worldwide and communicate with millions of potential donors daily through online and offline media channels.

The announcement comes as the Red Cross continues to provide services to thousands affected by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and days after the launch of a national campaign to raise an initial $100 million to replenish the fund depleted by an active year of disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund supports the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year and enables the Red Cross to provide disaster victims with shelter, food, counseling and other assistance.

The CMO Council will issue a special bulletin to its members, affiliates and partners and disseminate traditional and social media creative and content that companies can use in corporate intranets, newsletters, public service ads, blogs, digital signage systems, email and text messaging campaigns, as well as community outreach.

“The American Red Cross touches people in every market and its humanitarian mission has relevance for all of our members committed to social responsibility programs,” said Donovan Neale-May, Executive Director. He added, “Helping the American Red Cross reach these markets is one way our members can give back and further their customer affinity programs with cause-related communications activities.”

There are many ways CMO Council employees, customers, distribution partners and trade audiences can support the Red Cross. Donations can be made by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visiting Another way people can help is through the Text 2HELPTM Initiative, a cooperative partnership between the Red Cross and the Wireless Foundation. Users simply text message the keyword “GIVE” to “2HELP” (24357) and a $5 donation will be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Contributions will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.

“We are thrilled to tap into the collective talent, leadership and resources that the CMO Council brings to the table,” said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. “This alignment will go a long way toward helping victims of disaster meet their critical needs.”

The Red Cross responded to a record number of tornadoes this year, the worst flooding in the Midwest in 15 years, an early wildfire season and an active hurricane season-disasters that steadily depleted the Disaster Relief Fund. Hurricane Gustav, which made landfall on September 1, is estimated to cost the Red Cross $40-$70 million and the organization has only raised a fraction of what is needed to support affected families. Early cost estimates indicate the Red Cross response to Hurricane Ike may exceed the cost of Hurricane Gustav.

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