AMERICAN RED CROSS MOVES PEOPLE AND SUPPLIES TO GU
RED CROSS PREPARING TO HELP RESIDENTS IN PATH OF GUSTAV
08.28.2008 – WASHINGTON, August 28, 2008 – The American Red Cross is getting
ready for Tropical Storm Gustav and urges everyone living in the projected path of the
storm to get ready too.
As Gustav stands poised to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane this weekend,
Red Cross is preparing to assist residents in the storm’s path with evacuation
shelters, feeding, and other needed services.
“We’ll be there, prepared to help,” said Joseph Becker, Senior Vice President of
Disaster Services for the Red Cross, “This storm is unpredictable and could cover a
wide geography. The American Red Cross is as ready as we can be. We urge
everyone to take this storm seriously.”
Red Cross is moving hundreds of mobile feeding trucks into Texas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama. The organization is also moving thousands of cots and
blankets, tens of thousands of comfort kits and ready to eat meals into the coastal
states. Red Cross workers will be moving into the area today and Friday.
Operational headquarters are setting up in Dallas, TX, Baton Rouge, LA,
Hattiesburg, MS and Montgomery, AL. Our first priorities before and after landfall will
be to ensure people have safe shelter, food, comfort items and emotional support.
If a hurricane watch is issued for your area, it means hurricane conditions are
possible within 36 hours. If a hurricane warning is issued, it means hurricane
conditions are expected within 24 hours.
“Get prepared now,” Becker said, “listen to local officials and evacuate if you’re told
to do so.”
Red Cross reports residents should listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or
TV stations for up-to-date storm information. Pack a bag and include medications
and dentures, a flashlight and batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water, clothing and
If you have time, bring things indoors that could damage your home. Turn off