We’ve been receiving calls from people who either evacuated the Gulf Coast in advance of Hurricane Gustav or are unable to return home because of it. We’re opening a shelter on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University at 7 p.m. today so those people have a place to stay. The Greater Chicago Red Cross will provide a safe place to sleep, meals and emotional support to anyone who evacuated from the Gulf Coast or is unable to return home due to this disaster. To date, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago has deployed 17 disaster relief workers to the affected area to help with relief efforts. Visit www.chicagoredcross.org for more information.