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Red Cross Readies Massive Feeding Effort for Gustav Affected Areas
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Mary Etta Boesl
 
September 3, 2008
Hurricane Gustav has moved from the area.Evacuation orders will be lifted, and people will begin to go home. The 3,600 Red Cross workers in the Gulf Coast are getting ready to offer help in the weeks ahead to those returning to storm-damaged areas.
Henry's Kitchen
Henry's Kitchen is a mobile trailer that is driven to disaster sites for the preparation of hot meals. This unit is a completely self-contained industrial kitchen capable of producing thousands of meals per day.
Photo Credit: Gene Dailey/American Red Cross, Baton Rouge, LA

An estimated million people will return to homes without power and to refrigerators full of spoiled food. The Red Cross is gearing up to feed them-to the tune of more than 400,000 meals per day. Kitchens are being set up throughout the damage affected areas to provide food at shelters and to deliver meals into neighborhoods.Emergency response vehicles have already begun delivering food in accessible neighborhoods.

The Red Cross remains very focused on mass care-feeding, sheltering, distribution of clean up supplies, health and mental health services. For those who find their homes unlivable, local Red Cross shelters will be open. For those able to start the arduous task of recovery, cleaning supplies will be available.

We are working closely with government to know just when and how they will allow people to return to affected areas.In New Orleans, the Red Cross is coordinating closely with parish and the state government to determine precisely where the Red Cross will be operating and what will be provided.

If you or a loved has evacuated, or is in a potentially affected area, register yourself on the Red Cross Safe and Well Website at www.redcross.org, or call a loved one and ask them to register you. The Red Cross provides this online tool to help families and individuals notify loved ones that they are safe during an emergency, which can help bring peace of mind in challenging times.

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. We use this fund to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disasters who need our help.

Donors can go online to www.redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS. You can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by text messaging the keyword "GIVE" to "2HELP" (24357). Donations will appear on monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance. All applicable text rates apply.If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, you should call 1-800-REDCROSS.

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, DC20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.



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