Red Cross providing help to Hurricane 2008 victims

Published: 16 September 2008 0:00 CET

The American Red Cross has thousands of staff on the ground in Texas and Louisiana, offering shelter, food, and comfort to the millions of people affected by Hurricane Ike.

In Texas, more than 2,000 Red Cross disaster workers saw more than 17,000 people seek refuge in 144 shelters.  Throughout the Lonestar State, Red Cross has served more than 130,000 meals and snacks to people displaced by the storm.

In Louisiana, almost 2,000 people were provided a safe haven in 19 shelters.  About 1,900 Red Cross disaster workers have served more than one million meals and snacks to those feeling the affects of not only Hurricane Ike, but those still trying to recover from Hurricane Gustav.

“We will be opening more shelters for people who can’t return to their homes,” said Joe Becker, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services for the Red Cross, “When local authorities give the okay, our vehicles will bring food, water, and cleaning supplies into communities where people are returning to their homes.”

The Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund is depleted.  In the interim, the Red Cross is borrowing money to cover the costs of the hurricanes of 2008, yet they have not cut any of their service delivery to disaster victims and does not expect to do so.

About the American Red Cross:

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of 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, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting