More than 100 shelters are open, because many of those who evacuated from Ike cannot go home yet, and those that left ahead of Gustav returned to find their homes without power, damaged or in some cases, destroyed.
Red Cross offers a helping hand to thousands
Thousands of Red Cross staff and volunteers are in the storm-affected areas, offering those who were in Hurricane Ike’s path a safe place to stay, food, toiletries and a comforting ear.
Storms Take a Further Toll on Already Low Red Cross Blood Supply
With power outages widespread in the aftermath of Hurricanes Ike and Hanna, blood supplies, which were already low in many parts of the country, continue to drop. Dozens of blood drives across the country were cancelled thus far, causing a shortfall in planned blood collections.