ATLANTA September 2, 2008 – Approximately 130 local Red Cross volunteers and staff are responding to the needs of Hurricane Gustav evacuees in metro Atlanta and Georgia, while making preparations for the possible landfall of Hurricane Hanna along the Georgia Coast later this week. The Red Cross continues to work closely with its emergency and community partners to provide shelter and food in appropriate locations statewide.
More than 620 Gulf Coast residents took refuge in six Georgia shelters last night and received blankets, meals and snacks, personal hygiene kits, and health and emotional support. The shelters remain open this evening in the following locations:
RED CROSS SHELTERS OPEN IN GEORGIA:
Gold Dust Recreation Center, Villa Rica
- LaGrange First Baptist Church, 100 Broad St., LaGrange
- First United Methodist Church, 395 W. Crogan St., Lawrenceville
- First Baptist Church of Ty Ty, 157 North Church St.
- First Baptist Church of Dalton, 305 North Thornton Rd.
- Calvary Christian School, 7557 Old Moon Rd., Columbus
Please Note: The opening and closing of Red Cross shelters is fluid and is based upon need. For current local information, please call 1-866-RC- HELP
How You Can Help
You can help people affected by thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The fund is used to provide shelter, food, clothing, counseling and other emergency assistance.
Ø Checks can be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013
Ø Online donations can be made at www.atlantaredcross.org
Ø Donors can also call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish)
Hurricanes Reach Far and Wide
The American Red Cross is pre-positioning equipment, supplies and disaster workers to prepare for Hurricane Hanna’s arrival. We’re urging Georgia’s families to prepare, too.
Although hurricanes are coastal storms, they can carry their force inland for hundreds of miles. Heavy rains, flooding, and tornadoes add to the damage that hurricanes can cause. Georgians should keep a watchful eye on Hurricane Hanna and prepare now and during the rest of hurricane season to stay alert for the formation of these powerful storms.
How Georgians Can Prepare
Call- your local emergency management or planning and zoning office to find out if you live in an area that could flood during heavy rains.
Make a Plan- Talk with your family about the types of storms which can result with the passage of hurricanes.
Stay Informed- Listen to local radio and television reports for guidance when disaster threatens.
Build a Disaster Kit- Include canned food and a can opener, a first aid kit battery powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries and special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
Red Cross Safe and Well- If you live in an area which might be heavily impacted by the storm, the Red Cross urges you to register yourself and your family on the Safe And Well website, to let family and friends around the country know of their status. The website can be updated following evacuation or following the storm.
The Safe and Well Website is Easy to Use
Visitwww.redcross.org and click on the Safe and Well link.
Click on “List Myself as Safe and Well”, enter your pre-disaster address and phone number, and select any of the standard message options.
If you are concerned about a loved one, click “Search” and enter the person’s name and pre- disaster phone number OR address. If they have registered, you will be able to view the messages that they posted.
If you don’t have Internet access, you can call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to register yourself and your family. Follow the prompts for disaster information.
For More Information
For more information on how the Red Cross is helping in affected areas, visit www.redcross.org. Quick Facts, photos and more are available in the Hurricane Gustav online pressroom at: http://hurricanegustav.wordpress.com/category/fast-facts/