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Here are the latest staggering numbers of the ongoing relief effort in the Gulf Region:

  • 914 Shelters Opened
  • 357,801 Shelter Overnight Stays
  • 2,881,092 Meals Served
  • 2,794,316 Snacks Served
  • 18,062 Red Cross Workers
  • 519 Emergency Response Vehicles Deployed
  • 31,893 Mental Health Contacts
  • 96,292 Comfort Kits distributed
  • More News: Red Cross continues to serve areas hit hard by Gustav and Ike

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    The New York Yankees announced today they will donate $500,000 to the Red Cross in support of the Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts to benefit victims of Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike. Thanks to the Yanks!

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    Throughout of the month of September, our Be Red Cross Ready message will play on the Macy’s Jumbotron located at the corner of 34th Street and 7th Avenue in honor of National Preparedness Month. Learn more about how you can be Red Cross Ready at nyredcross.org.  

     

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    Seven more Greater New York Chapter relief workers—5 employees and 2 volunteers—have been deployed to Texas to aid other Red Cross relief workers providing shelter, food and emotional support to tens of thousands of residents affected by Hurricane Ike.

    That brings the total number of ARC/GNY responders deployed to Gustav and Ike relief operations since August 29 to 107: 27 volunteers, 9 AmeriCorps members, 41 FDNY Disaster Assistance Response Team members and 30 employees.

    Red Cross staff are working to ensure that shelter residents in 13 states—including children and the elderly—are receiving the food, water, and comfort they need while dealing with the changes in their lives caused by the destructive fury of Gustav and Ike.

    Consolidated information for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike Relief Operations:

    • 904 Shelters
    • 322,464 Shelter overnight stays
    • 1,858,512 Meals served
    • 1,875,824 Snacks served
    • 15,032 Red Cross workers
    • 413 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
    • 67,618 Comfort Kits distributed

    This hurricane relief may continue as a very large, lengthy relief operation stretching into the coming months. We’re just half-way through the hurricane season and Hurricanes Dolly, Fay, Hanna, Gustav and Ike have taken their toll on the country and on the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

    Our Disaster Relief Fund is depleted, and it is essential that we raise enough money to help disaster victims. Red Cross estimates we will spend between $40 and $70 million helping those affected by Hurricane Gustav, and the cost of the Hurricane Ike relief effort could easily surpass that.

    To ensure the Red Cross continues its help for disaster victims, we need your help. Please make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund by visiting http://www.nyredcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767); Spanish speakers can call 1-800-257-7575. You can also Text “Give” to “2HELP” (24357) to donate $5. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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    This article was posted on nyredcross.org.

    When the Greater New York Chapter of the American Red Cross sent its Rapid Response Team to aid victims of Hurricane Gustav, there was a poignant irony in the timing. The team is especially well-equipped for such missions partly because several of its key members joined as a direct result of the 9/11 disaster, whose seventh anniversary approached while they were in Alexandria.

    The 46-member team was deployed to oversee food-and-shelter operations at the Louisiana State University Ag Center Shelter – the state’s first “mega-shelter” – aided by 50 workers from other ARC chapters and in cooperation with the university as well as state and federal agencies.

    Scott Graham, the New York Chapter’s Chief Response Officer and Red Cross Site Manager at the LSU shelter, visited New York’s Ground Zero soon after 9/11 as a member of a U.S. Marine Corps Chemical and Biological Incident Response Force. Graham had lost a good friend – Ray Downey, Chief of Special Operations for the Fire Dept. of New York (FDNY) and a former Marine – when one of the twin towers collapsed. Downey had been leading the evacuation and rescue effort.

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    Since Hurricanes Gustav and Ike pummeled the Gulf Coast just weeks apart, the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) has deployed 100 people – 25 volunteers, 9 AmeriCorps members, 41 FDNY Disaster Assistance Response Team members and 25 employees – to Red Cross relief operations in Louisiana and Texas.

    Greater New York workers, along with thousands of American Red Cross staff, are now offering shelter, food, and comfort to the millions of people affected by Ike. In Texas, more than 2,000 American 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.

    The Red Cross is working quickly to locate additional shelters for those people who cannot return to their homes.

    Consolidated information for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike Relief Operations:

    • 883 Shelters
    • 295,946 Shelter overnight stays
    • 1,478,297 Meals served
    • 1,365,494 Snacks served
    • 394 Emergency Response Vehicles deployed
    • 60,038 Comfort Kits distributed

    Our Disaster Relief Fund is depleted, and it is essential that we raise enough money to help disaster victims. Red Cross estimates we will spend between $40 and $70 million helping those affected by Hurricane Gustav, and the cost of the Hurricane Ike relief effort could easily surpass that. 

    To ensure the Red Cross continues its help for disaster victims, we need your help. Please make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund by visiting www.nyredcross.org or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767); Spanish speakers can call 1-800-257-7575. You can also Text “Give” to “2HELP” (24357) to donate $5. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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    This video comes courtesy of the In Case of Emergency, Read Blog.

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