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                RED CROSS IN TEXAS AS HURRICANE IKE ROARS ASHORE
                More than 20,000 in shelters in four states

                09.13.2008 – WASHINGTON, September 13, 2008 – American Red Cross workers
                are providing shelter, food and emotional support for tens of thousands affected by          Twitter Pitc
                Hurricane Ike. From Lake Charles, Louisiana, to Houston, Texas, the Red Cross is             Red Cross Sh
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                there, on the ground, providing relief.

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                Last night, as Hurricane Ike came ashore, the Red Cross sheltered more than                  Hurricane Ik
                20,000 people across four states, providing cots, blankets, toiletries and emotional         http://hurricaneik
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                The Red Cross has over 1 million shelf stable meals available for distribution post
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                landfall. There are 25-30 kitchens ready to be put in place, as soon as it is
                determined safe, with the capability to serve up to 500,000 meals per day. These
                kitchens will be located in areas close to the impacted areas where fixed and mobile
                feeding operations will start. Over 120 mobile feed trucks are poised to assist in the
                delivery of food, water and bulk supplies to people who are returning to their homes.


                Although search and rescue is a mission for Federal, state and local governments,
                the Red Cross is ready to accept those rescued into our evacuation shelters. The
                Red Cross has moved additional units of blood into Northern Texas to address
                possible medical needs resulting from the catastrophic storm.


                Evacuees are encouraged to register on Safe and Well (disastersafe.redcross.org),
                the Web site that allows people directly affected by a disaster to let their loved ones
                know that they are okay. Safe and Well is also accessible through the American Red
                Cross public Web site, www.redcross.org. For those without internet access, you
                can register yourself and your family by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-
                2767). Follow the prompts for disaster information.


                As the Red Cross continues helping individuals and families battered by the 2008
                storms and hurricanes, a national fundraising campaign has been launched to
                raise an initial $100 million to fill a Disaster Relief Fund depleted after an active year
                of disasters. The Disaster Relief Fund allows the Red Cross to provide emergency
                assistance to help victims of disasters meet their immediate needs for food, shelter,
                counseling and other critical services.


                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. You can log-on to www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-
                CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) to make a donation. You
                can also use your cell phone to donate $5 to the American Red Cross Disaster
                Relief Fund by text messaging they keyword "GIVE" to "2HELP" (24357). You can
                send multiple donations depending on your carrier. Contributions will appear on
                monthly bills or be debited from a pre-paid account balance. All applicable text rates
apply.




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About American Red Cross
Help people affected by disasters like the current floods, by donating to the American
Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed
Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for
and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide
shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-
RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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, D.C., 20013. Internet users can
make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.


Contacting American Red Cross
American Red Cross
2025 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
1-800-RED-CROSS
Website: http://www.redcross.org

Press Contact
National Media Line
Office: 202-303-5551
Email: simmonsl@usa.redcross.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RedCross
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/redcross

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Lesly Simmons
Office: 202-303-5551
Email: simmonsl@usa.redcross.org

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Office: 202-303-4467
Email: simmonsl@usa.redcross.org




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