Hurricane Gustav has subsided, but Red Cross disaster services are in full swing. Volunteers from throughout Chicagoland deployed to the Gulf region—20 volunteers from our chapter alone—to make sure that people who evacuated are taken care of. And though our shelter at Northeastern University is currently only hosting a few evacuees, we’re prepared to take in more. Local volunteers are staffing the shelter here, and it has been set up in a donated space. When Katrina hit, we helped more than 7,000 people. It pays to be prepared.
Check out some of the coverage we’re getting in the local news, including a video with our disaster volunteer, Mary Hunter on ABC 7:
Mary Hunter is watching news reports from the hurricane-stricken Gulf region with more than a passing interest. By Tuesday, the Libertyville grandmother will be on the ground in Mississippi helping victims. She remembers doing the same work three years ago in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina.
“Once I got down there they assigned me to client case work, which we meet with the people impacted by the hurricane and help them financially get back on their feet,” said Hunter.
Thanks to Mary, and to every one of our Red Cross volunteers. Thanks for going out to help when others can’t, and for taking the time to take care of people who need you. Check out more photos at the Red Cross Flickr Set.
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.