Red Cross Prepares for Gustav
More than 30 Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicles are assembled in Hattiesburg, Miss., prepared to move water and food to Gulf Coast residents in the path of Hurricane Gustav, the Red Cross announced Sunday. With crews from across the United States — including one that drove 1,500 miles in 17 hours from Niagara Falls, N.Y. — the gathering of vehicles underscores the Red Cross’ preparedness in advance of Gustav’s landfall, the agency said.
The Red Cross said it has moved nearly 200 mobile feeding trucks into Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for evacuees. More than 100,000 cots and 200,000 blankets are in place, as well as tens of thousands of comfort kits and ready-to-eat meals. Supplies are being loaded onto 99 shelter support trailers to be dispersed throughout the region. Red Cross workers have been moving to the region yesterday and today. Before landfall, the Red Cross will be on the ground to help with shelters, food, and emotional support as evacuation orders are given.