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American Red Cross Responds to Hurricane Gustav
Date:9/3/2008

Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program Recognized for Their Financial Support

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- Hurricane Gustav created a critical need for overnight shelters, food supplies and emotional support. To swiftly respond following Gustav's landfall along the Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross moved disaster relief supplies that were pre-positioned near Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for hurricane season 2008.

Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program helped provide funding to enable the Red Cross to pre-position these supplies and rush disaster relief services to the affected communities. Prior to landfall and throughout the region, the Red Cross proactively deployed mobile feeding trucks and trailer support trucks --- containing thousands of cots, blankets, comfort kits and ready-to-eat meals. The Red Cross is currently sheltering, feeding and providing mental health counseling to help both victims and emergency personnel. Additional financial donations are needed to support ongoing Red Cross relief efforts and in preparation of Hurricane Hanna, Tropical Storm Ike and Tropical Storm Josephine.

The Red Cross will continue to mobilize volunteers and supplies, such as clean-up kits, into the affected areas as local authorities allow entry. Red Cross case workers will work with individuals and families to provide additional assistance based on the damage sustained to their homes, and will provide emotional care and comfort to help residents and emergency workers manage the stress and fear that accompanies all disasters.

"Donations from our Annual Disaster Giving Program members enabled the Red Cross to provide life-saving support in response to Hurricane Gustav," said Jeffrey Towers, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. "These funds, coupled with the support of the American public, are critical during hurricane season and enable the Red Cross to rush i
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