Published September 22, 2005
The Red Cross' relief collections in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are well documented; here are some facts delineating activities and donations as of September 13th.
-- More than 75,000 evacuees are being sheltered by the Red Cross.
-- More than 445 Red Cross shelters are open in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
-- More than 74,000 trained Red Cross workers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
-- The Red Cross has trained an additional 63,000 people in specialized disaster relief skills.
-- The Red Cross and Southern Baptist Convention are working together to feed those in shelters.
-- Survivors of the hurricane have been served more than 7.6 million hot meals and more than 6.6 million snacks ASSISTANCE
-- The Red Cross is expanding its efforts to provide financial assistance to about 750,000 survivors across the nation.
-- Assistance comes in several ways, including client assistance cards, vouchers, checks and cash.
-- Survivors can register for emergency financial assistance, 24 hours a day, by calling toll-free 1-800-975-7585.
-- Persons looking for loved ones can call 1-877-LOVED 1S (1-877-568-3317) or go to www.redcross.org and click on "Family Links Registry"
-- More than 182,600 have been registered online and more than 110,000 have called the hotline.