MONTGOMERY, AL - The American Red Cross is getting ready for Tropical Storm Gustav and urges everyone living in the projected path of the storm to get ready too.
As Gustav stands posted to enter the Gulf of Mexico as a hurricane this weekend, Red Cross is preparing to assist residents in the storm's path with evacuation shelters, feeding, and other needed services.
"We'll be there, prepared to help," said Joseph Becker, Senior Vice President of Disaster Services for the Red Cross, "This storm is unpredictable and could cover a wide geography. The American Red Cross is as ready as we can be. We urge everyone to take this storm seriously."
Red Cross is moving hundreds of mobile feeding trucks into Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The organization is also moving thousands of cots and blankets, tens of thousands of comfort kits and ready to eat meals into the coastal states. Red Cross workers will be moving into the area today and operational headquarters are setting up in Dallas, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Hattiesburg, MS and Montgomery, AL. Our first priorities before and after landfall will be to ensure people have safe shelter, food, comfort items and emotional support.
If a hurricane watch is issued for your area, it means hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours. If a hurricane warning is issued, it means hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours.
Red Cross reports residents should listen to NOAA Weather Radio or local radio or TV stations for up-to-date storm information. Pack a bag and include medications and dentures, a flashlight and batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water, clothing and bedding.